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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

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...

India: The Moment of Truth, now in Hindi

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...

Nepal: Incentivising widow re-marriage

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....

India: The joy of vandalising public property

Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind takes a caustic view of the violent bandh that crippled Kolkata last Friday (17th July)  – a day that saw free-for-all vandalism.

India: Once a teacher, always a teacher

I love life…So I Explore tells us how easy it is to spot a teacher – they are always in the teaching mode, inside the classroom and out.

Bangladesh: Stigma of the ‘D’ tag

Life As It Is holds a mirror to the rising number of divorces and examines the stigma associated with the ‘D’ tag.

India: Don't let the camera get wet!

India Travel Blog instructs photography enthusiasts how to protect their cameras in the rain.

Bangladesh: Practice of child labour

Monjuraul at Muktangan discusses[bn] the condition of child labourers in Bangladesh.

India: Family dynamics and domestic violence

Mandy Van Deven's post in The WIP analyses family dynamics and its impact on domestic violence in the context of Deepa Mehta's film ‘Heaven on Earth’.

India: No shortcuts please, this is business!

The world is not Orkut, says Harini Calamur at POV, so people will do well to mind their language – especially when it comes to business communication.

Pakistan: The power of the Fatwa

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...

India: How History helped shape ‘Indian English’

In this post, PNH at Desicritics reflects on the impact of Indian history and culture on the English language.

India: Is divorce really the easy way out?

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...

India: Of Surnames and Globalization

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,...

Bangladesh: The art of the Nakshi Kantha

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,...

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

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...

India:Vandalism of Tamil-Brahmi sites

Varnam writes about the importance of conserving the ancient Tamil-Brahmi scripts and rues the vandalism of the historical Tamil-Brahmi heritage sites.

Communicating via missed calls

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...

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