Aparna Ray · July, 2009

I am a researcher who loves to travel across Myriad Spaces and highlight stories from South Asia. Passionate about cultures, people and issues related to ICT4D, governance, community, gender and social inclusion, you will find me ever willing to engage in a good conversation over a steaming cup of tea. I have also served as a volunteer representative on the Global Voices Board of Directors.

You can find me on Twitter at @aparnaray

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Latest posts by Aparna Ray from July, 2009

India: Chasing a solar eclipse

  20 July 2009

On July 22, we are about to witness the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century. The eclipse will be visible between 5.20am to 7.40am, from within a narrow corridor spanning half the Earth. In India, the path of the eclipse will cover the cities of Surat, Indore, Bhopal, Varanasi...

India: The Moment of Truth, now in Hindi

  19 July 2009

Youth Curry watches ‘Sach ka Saamna’, the Indianised version of the American game show The Moment of Truth and realises that we are constantly hiding things, not only from others but even from ourselves.

Nepal: Incentivising widow re-marriage

  19 July 2009

In the budget for fiscal year 2009-10, the newly elected government in Nepal has proposed an incentive scheme whereby USD625 would be awarded to any groom who married a widow. This proposal has angered widows and women's groups alike, writes Bhumika Ghimire at NewsFlavor

Pakistan: The power of the Fatwa

  17 July 2009

The Karachi Electricity Supply Company (KESC) has reportedly obtained a fatwa [religious decree] from 12 senior Islamic scholars against the theft of electricity. Kalsoom at Changing Up Pakistan writes in this post how the idea of a major corporation using religious fatwas to give religious legitimacy to their cause is...

India: Is divorce really the easy way out?

  16 July 2009

Aparna Singh at  Ultra Violet shares her view that despite the rise in the number of divorce cases in India, a divorce is never the easy way out of a marriage – never mind what some cynics may say.

India: Of Surnames and Globalization

  15 July 2009

In this post, Vinod Joseph discusses the problem that some Indians face while trying to split/fit their names into the conventional Western format of name plus surname and wonders if, in this age of globalisation, it would not be best to do away with this kind of templatising.

Bangladesh: The art of the Nakshi Kantha

  15 July 2009

Sudipto Salam of Amarblog, draws our attention to the traditional Bengali art of the Nakshi Kantha (embroidered quilt). In this post [bn], he discusses the importance of the Nakshi Kantha, not only as a thing of beauty, but also as a reflection of socio-cultural imagery.

Pakistan: Is the proposed E-crime bill a form of Democratic Dictatorship?

  14 July 2009

Mystified Justice wonders what purpose the proposed E-crime bill will serve other than obstructing freedom of expression. She feels that it would be much more constructive if instead, the government was to focus its energy on dismantling the illegally operated, infamous,provocative and inflammatory FM radio channel broadcast by Maulana Fazlullah...

Communicating via missed calls

  11 July 2009

Uber Desi on the recent ICT research conducted by Lirneasia.net across 6 Asian countries. The findings indicate that communicating via ‘missed call’ signals is a common way for people to save on calling costs.

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