From London to Uttarakhand – Journey of a Social Entrepreneur

Ever imagine giving up city life (in the heart of London!) and relocating to an isolated village deep in the hills, where even electricity and roads are a luxury? Not many people can do it. I certainly couldn’t! But one particular woman – Saritha Thomas – has made this arduous journey from London to Uttarakhand, with the sole intent of achieving independence and empowerment of rural communities! Who is this gutsy Social Entrepreneur, and what does she do? Read on to find out. Community Radio – a quick background Radio was a part of my childhood (and perhaps yours too?) … Continue reading From London to Uttarakhand – Journey of a Social Entrepreneur

Please Give 40000 families a voice!

Hola People, First, listen to this AWESOME trailer of ‘Mountain Echoes’ And now, I’ll come to the point!! Villages/rural areas in India are hardly connected the way we are. There is no question of Internet/Google/Facebook. They live in a ‘media dark’ area. One really strong medium of communication is RADIO. It changes the way people live. Local radio stations, in particular, address local needs, local information/entertainment/education/etc. and bring about social change in many ways. Lots of rural communities are incredibly passionate about making Community Radio happen, but are strapped by funds and lack of technical know-how. My college friend, Saritha Thomas – who … Continue reading Please Give 40000 families a voice!

Sizzling South Indian Mela(m)

It is always tricky to plan weekends here, thanks to the lovely British weather (by the way, I do like cold n grey weather!). The last weekend was thankfully sunny, though a little chill. That didn’t deter us from making a quick trip to see what the South Indian Melam (an initiative by ‘INDIA NOW’) was all about. Actually, blame the TV adverts for luring us to it! All those pictures of steaming hot dosais/vadai, and ofcourse the cultural events 🙂 (lest I sound too shallow ;-)) were so inviting! We reached the Mela venue by around 2 pm, and had originally … Continue reading Sizzling South Indian Mela(m)

Everyone needs a grandparent!

There’s no questioning it. Everyone needs a bit of pampering. A little love, much adoration 🙂 and even some unquestioned ‘authority’ that leads them to believe ‘they are the boss’. Who better for this role, than a grandparent? We live miles (and miles!) away from home, but do head back once or twice a year. The bond between child and grandparent is simply beautiful. It does not matter that they have a 60-year-gap between them. It also doesn’t matter that they don’t always understand each other’s accent! Neither does it makes a difference whether they are communicating with each other or … Continue reading Everyone needs a grandparent!

Satyameva Jayate or SMS Jayate?

Picture this scene – A picture-perfect dutiful daughter-in-law decked in all her finery, casting pensive looks, while trying to outwit her wicked mother-in-law and bhabi-sa’s plots to entangle her in controversy. Add to it a jilted lover, a current husband (usually categorically abusive or passive and lovey-dovey!) and a motley collection of uncles/aunties, not to forget the endless fights and tears – Voila! You have an Indian television soap that is bound to rake in TRPs and some moolah for the next couple of years. Now what hits Indian television with a breath of fresh air, nay, a powerful gust of … Continue reading Satyameva Jayate or SMS Jayate?

Good boys don’t watch porn!

So the last couple of days have been eventful! India won against Sri Lanka. Voting began in Uttar Pradesh. And three ministers from Karnataka resigned, amidst accusations of watching pornography during when assembly was in full swing! TV news channels aired footage of the ministers Laxman Savadi (Minister for co-operation),  CC Patil, (Minister for women and children), and Krishna Palemar (Minister for ports) using a mobile phone to watch a porn clip. Excerpt from Mumbai Mirror: ‘The two ministers, who were sitting next to each other, had no inkling that television cameramen had taken position in the gallery right above … Continue reading Good boys don’t watch porn!

Do fashionable girls invite rape?

Do fashionable girls invite rape? IHM has written extensively about this topic, and there really isn’t much more than I can add. However, here are my two cents. —– In what seemed to be a re-enactment of the origins of the Slut Walk, Andhra Pradesh top cop Dinesh Reddy recently made a statement that ‘women who wear fashionable clothes provoke men, leading to increase in rape cases’. He indicated that modern and fashionable women are more prone to rape, BECAUSE of their inappropriate dressing. While many people were outraged, many others have applauded him on his courage!! I lived in … Continue reading Do fashionable girls invite rape?