Stories about India from December, 2009
South Asia: Looking Back At 2009
The year 2009 is ending and its time to retrospect how the year has been for the South Asian region. In a two-part review we will look back at some of the major events which took place this year in the South Asian countries seen through the eyes of the citizen journalists.
Best South Asia Books of the 2000s
Amardeep at Sepia Mutiny lists the best of the South Asia related books published in the 2000s.
India: Andaman Islands
Mumbai based blogger Ugich Konitari visits the Andaman islands and writes a two part series (1, 2) noting her experiences.
India: Ten Lessons From Three Idiots
Amreekan Desi was not only impressed with Aaamir Khan's latest Bollywood blockbuster ‘3 idiots’ but also learnt a lot from the movie. The blogger takes a satirical look at ten lessons from the movie.
India: Perils Of Making Democracy Accessible
Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor was caught up in another controversy as he tweeted to his approx. 542,000 Twitter followers a personal opinion on the recent change in Indian visa rules. Smoke Signals has the details.
India: Facebook Is Good For Your Soul
Gaurav Mishra at Gauravonomics lists five reasons why Facebook is good for your soul.
India: Surviving Child Abuse
Mumbai based creative professional Harish Iyer, who blogs at The Pregnant Thoughts, discusses how he was subjected to child sex abuse in his teens and how it changed his life.
India: Energy Policy
Shadow Warrior lists some points regarding energy, which India should have kept in mind during its participation in the recently concluded Copenhagen Summit.
India: The Sapling Project
Two Mumbai based netizens have started a campaign to distribute plant saplings across Mumbai and other cities of India. The plant owners will use citizen and social media tools to report the updates of the growth of the plants.
India: New Visa Regulation Limits Multiple Entry
Smallsquirrel at Desicritics warns international tourists of a recent change in the Indian visa regulations which limits multiple entries into India and requires an additional permission for re-entry.
India: Gains From Copenhagen
The Acorn analyzes what India has achieved from the Copenhagen summit. The blogger opines that the “real gains were geopolitical—neither the United States nor China could have their way without India’s support”.
No Indians Allowed
Haagen Dazs, an International ice-cream brand had opened its Delhi outlet and the sign on the door read, “Access restricted only to holders of international passports.” Like many Indian bloggers, J Srinivasan at Desicritics is outraged.
India: From The Classified Ads
Soumyadip at Cutting the Chai was astonished to see what is being offered in the classified ads published in a Sunday Times of India supplement.
Decisive Period For South Asia
Jay at Desicritics explains that 2010-2011 will be a crucial Period for South Asia.
Video: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Videos and activists observed the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers, and here are some videos related to their efforts in ensuring rights to Sex Workers.
Hari at India First-Hand comments on the proposal of the Indian government to separate Telangana region from Andhra Pradesh and form a new state: “the answer definitely is not forming more states and thereby increasing the overhead.”
India: Indibloggies 2008 Winners
The winners of the Indibloggies 2008 awards have been announced. Over 150 Indian blogs were nominated across 16 varied categories and here is the statistics showing the final votes for each category. Go check out the blogs.
India: Recipe – chicken noodle soup
For some of us a bowl of hot chicken soup on a cold winter evening is the ultimate comfort food. Meena Agarwal at Hooked on Heat shares her mouth-watering recipe of ‘make-your-own chicken noodle soup’. Loved her idea of allowing guests to personalize their own share of the soup.
India: Let's not confuse social respectability with legality
Countering arguments advanced by an MSM article as to why prostitution in India should not be legalized, Nitin at The Acorn points out that we should not confuse social respectability with legality
ICT4D: Past mistakes, future wisdom
What makes an ICT4D project fizzle out? What are the common mistakes that donors, planners and implementers make when trying to run an ICT4D project? Practitioners discuss in a public Twitter chat.
India: Being selective about feedback
Cartoonist Anshul Maheshwari at Brainstuck.com takes a good-humored dig at the possibilities of selective perception when collecting data or feedback through crowdsourcing.