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Aparna Ray · December, 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 December, 2009

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...

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...

Bangladesh: Independent media and Bangla blogs

Muktangan starts off an interesting freewheeling discussion about the role of Bangla blogs and why it is still not at par with some of the leading blog platforms around the...

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...

Nepal: When Politicians milk death threats

Maila Baje of Nepali Netbook is frustrated on seeing political leaders in Nepal, such as the Maoist supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal, gain mileage by harping time and gain on the...

Sri Lanka: On making choices

Sri Lankan blogger Mindwind ponders on the philosophical questions surrounding choice and predetermination

Bangladesh: The slow pace of development

Why is the pace of development so slow in Bangladesh? Is it partly because a generation of intellectuals was wiped off in the Liberation War of 1971 – leaving the...

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.

India: Will its myriad applications lead to Twitter's demise?

Writing in Trak.in, Rabi Gupta – founder of iDubba.com, wonders if the myriad Twitter applications will ultimately kill Twitter itself.

Pakistan: Fighting back the enemy within

Pakistani blogger Bilal Qureshi points out that the time has come for citizens to be realistic, to stop taking the traditional route of blaming India and collectively fight back the...

Pakistan:No festivities beyond midnight for bride and groom

Absar at the Pakistan Desk writes about how the government intends to kill two birds with one stone by putting restrictions on wedding festivities beyond midnight.

India: For each of us, a State

Demanding new States appear to be the top political agenda of Indian politicians today. Jumping onto the bandwagon, popular Indian blogger and humorist Greatbong decides to press for a separate...

Bangladesh: A beautiful life

Golam Kawsar writes a touching, reflective post telling us that though life may not be entirely fair, it is indeed beautiful.

Sri Lanka: Visualizing a Presidential Election

Sanjana Hattotuwa at Groundviews shows how the use of information visualization can help voters easily grasp key ideas & messages in campaign speeches, promises and individual manifestos  of the leading...

Constitution building for a new Nepal

Blogger Raktim Nepali hopes that a participatory dialogue will help build a better and more inclusive constitution, thereby fulfilling the  promise of a better future for Nepal.

Why does homosexuality need an etiology?

Pakistani blogger buttersisonlymyname pens her thoughts at Bazm-e-Rindaan, on the various ongoing discussions trying to explain homosexuality. According to her, ‘trying to ‘explain’ homosexuality is a heteronormative, and even sometimes...

It's time to change the symbol of good health

In India, we've always believed that kids from well-to-do homes should look it by being chubby and plump. That was the sign of good health. Arundhuti Thapar at Just a...

The fight against plagiarism continues

What do you do when a leading MSM daily lifts content from your blog without your permission, snips off your name and the copyright mark, publishes it as their own...

For that acre of green grass

There is no short-cut to a greener planet, writes Masud Karim at Muktangan. He reflects on Bangladesh's need for balancing industrialization with environment protection to preserve that acre of green...

Five Americans arrested in Pakistan: Following the story

Kalsoom at Chup Pakistan provides a detailed round-up of the news of 5 Americans recently detained in Pakistan in connection with an alleged raid on militants.

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