Stories about South Asia from June, 2006
India: Startups in India
Kamla has a podcast interview on doing start-ups in India. “Rene Seifert, Bangalore-based entrepreneur and Managing Director of Level 360 Services discusses in our podcast interview on how to do a start-up, and what it takes to do business in India.”
India: All about Tops
Paavani writes about tops. “So I also thought of writing on something specific like – spinning top- it was extremely popular at certain phase now it lost its charm and replaced by other similar kind of toys like BeybLades. “
Pakistan: Dolls of the world network
Shirazi on the Dolls of the World network. “The idea behind the Dolls of the World took birth in Pakistan when Thatta Kedona – a self help project – started in small Punjab village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka in Pakistan and NGO Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama (AeFeA) was registered in 1999.”
Nepal: All red in the Capital
Samudaya.org on the presence of red in Khatmandu on June 2nd. “In preparation of the arrival of their hundreds of thousands, the party summoned schools, churches, business houses and other ‘neutral’ parties to provide room and board.”
Nepal: Military and the Country
Democracy for Nepal on military, militia, army and the state of law and order in the country.
India, Bangladesh: Being Rude
Mezba ponders on the Reader's Digest survey on cities and politness, picking out the aspects that become culturally irrelevant. He talks about being polite to shop-keepers “Well, the last time a few British came to India to do a little bit of trade. They came to Bengal too, under Robert...
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh: Rethinking 1857
Sepia Mutiny discusses an article by William Dalrymple that explores the uprising in 1857. “I don’t think Dalrymple is saying that everyone involved in the Rebellion of 1857 was motivated by this kind of religious feeling (indeed, as I understand it there were as many or more Hindu sepoy rebels)....
Debate on women’s rights and freedom in the Bangla blogosphere
What do the terms ‘women’s rights’ or ‘women’s liberation’ really stand for in today's context? This age-old debate has again raised its head in the Bangla blogosphere.
India: Least Polite. Most Rude?
A Reader's Digest survey suggets that Mumbai maybe the least polite of a list of cities. Some reactions from the Indian blogosphere.
India: Army and the Women
The army appears to suggest that women are not necessary or invited. One blogger thinks that is the right line to take. Annie responds to the controversy by suggesting why women are no less.
Sri Lanka: Law and Order
Azrael's world on law and order in Sri Lanka – “The situation in Sri Lanka makes it obvious that the situation in terms of law and order in Sri Lanka leaves a lot to be desired but that’s not the government’s fault. It’s ours and ours alone.”
Nepal: Reforming Organisations
Democracy for Nepal writes on reforming Nepali organisations in the US and on what the specific reforms are to would vastly improve the organisations.
Pakistan: Wind turbines in Germany
Rezwan writes about wind energy generation in Germany and explores the benefits.
Singapore: Bollywood Dancing
Pari at Daisyinthesdust blog is talking about her Bollywood dancing experience. “Thoughts of performing the kinds of dance moves I see in Bollywood movies threatened to leave me in hysterics. I like the style as it is carefree and leaves a lot to self-expression rather than precision. Trouble is that...
India Changing: Calcutta to Kolkatta and much, much more…
Change is the central theme of the post...in how many ways is India changing, how are the changes coming etc. etc.
Sri Lanka, UK: Culture and Bridges
London, Lanka and Drums on the Sri Lankan festivities in London. “Trafalgar Square was buzzing when we arrived at about midday. The band was starting to soundcheck, the usual stuff with a bloke counting into all the different microphones, the drummer doing a bit, the singer poncing around on stage...
Sri Lanka: Tamils and the Mainstream
Indi.ca on peace in Sri Lanka and why it involves being inclusive about Tamil culture and people. “If you want a United Sri Lanka then you want to live with Tamil people. It means that you want them as neighbors, co-workers and friends. It means that you want to see...
India: Fashion Street
Selma on culture and fashion at Mumbai's Fashion Street. “Opposite to Mumbai's grand Azad Maidan, and along the Cross Maidan lies the fashion solution for Mumbai's poor and elite alike. Welcome to Mumbai's Fashion Street. Amid the colors, figures being quoted in the bargaining process, yelling kids, weary moms, hep...
India, US: In the 1980s
US for the Indian in the 1980s. Ramesh Madhavan, a veteran online writer kicks off with this amazing post on culture, food and the immigrant experience.
Pakistan: All about Arrandu
People and breathtaking descriptions of Arrandu in Pakistan by Shirazi - “This village is located ‘on’ the Pakistan Afghanistan boarder. Dir-Chitral Road bifurcates near village Mir Khanni and a jeep able track along Kunar River leads to Arrandu through Domail Nisar and onwards into Afghanistan.”
Nepal: Women and the Revolution
Paramendra on women and the revolution. “This is so very wrong. This is offensive. The April Revolution might not have earned the women total equality yet, but it sure earned them and everyone else the right to peaceful assembly. Why were they roughed up? Senior ministers should have come out...