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Neha Viswanathan · November, 2006

City-hopping, trivia-gathering, identity-hunting. Obsessions include culture, social software, cities, literature, internet, music, history, marketplace and anything that doesn't twinkle.

I blog at Within / Without
and can be found at other CollaBlogs such as DesiPundit, Indicubed and The Sea-Eat Blog.

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Latest posts by Neha Viswanathan from November, 2006

India: Why he won't fly that airline anymore

Dateline Bombay on rude airline staff and why the one of the best airlines in India will lose its grip. “So you can have the best technical staff, the best...

Bangladesh: Islam and Iraq

Or how I learned to stop worrying on a Muslim reaction to the situation in Iraq. “Who says that Muslims, just like everyone of good conscience, are not horrified by...

Bangladesh: Take Back Bangladesh

drishtipat on a concert called Take Back Bangladesh. “The idea behind Take Back Bangladesh is to reconnect the people, especially the younger generation, who are turned off by politics as...

India: Cornershops in the era of big retail stores

Wal-mart's entry in India along with other big retail plans elicits quite a few reactions from those who feel it might threaten the traditional kirana stores (cornershops). The Indian Economy...

India: A city named Madras (or Chennai)

DesiGirl at My Word! muses on Madras (now Chennai), on how the city has room for the new and the old with its own unique charm. “The old and the...

India: Gandhigiri, Hinduism and the Media

Ambimama reflects on reactions to a popular actor being tried in the court of law under charges of terrorism and a religious leader being tried for murder, drawing links political...

Pakistan, India: Governance in Azad Kashmir

The Glasshouse comments on the state of governance and lack of telecommunications in Azad (Free) Kashmir. “It was shortly after the earthquake that I learnt that the so-called president, prime...

Nepal: Democratic Parties

United We Blog! on why it is essential that parties in a democratic system function within the purview of the same. “It is absolutely necessary for eight political parties to...

Bangladesh: Names, caste and family

What's in a name? At the Bangladeshi LJ community, a member writes about experiences with caste, name and marriage. “The question here is, how do the majority of this generation...

Sri Lanka: Citizen Journalism

A new Citizen Journalism initiative GroundViews based out of Sri Lanka takes off. From their About Page – “In response to many requests from INGOs, humanitarian aid organisations including sections...

India: MSN and Windows Live Report on Blogging

An MSN and Windows Live Report on Blogging in India has some reactions. A post at India Daily that highlights the findings. Dina Mehta has doubts about the methodology.

India: A popular actor and public memory

A popular actor who was charged under an act to prevent terrorism is partially let off the hook. World of India! on public memory and law. “The actor has been...

Bangladesh: On Nur Hossain and Democracy

Ahmede Hussian remembers a man who of 26 years who died in 1987. “On the 10th November of 1987, Nur Hossain, an auto rickshaw driver and an activist of Awami...

Nepal: Laws to protect children

Bahas on why Nepal requires a stronger legal framework to deal with child sexual abuse and violence against children. “police find it difficult to deal with such cases as there...

India: Caste and reservations

National Highway on caste matters and reservation. “But if a ‘meritorious’ person like him could achieve so much in life despite such hardships, why do we need reservations at all?...

India: A writing exercise

Caferati has a writing exercise that asks writers to write from the other side of the fence. “It could be a poem extolling child labour. A monologue from a necrophiliac....

Nepal: Peace Process

Nepali Netbook comments on the peace process being a farce. “Protestors injured in the April Uprising want representation in the interim parliament. Can the relatives of those killed be far...

Pakistan: Government tracks your movement

The Oyster travel card in London maybe a bit more than just a device for convenience according to Suspect Paki. “If you register your Oyster Card, the police can, without...

Bangladesh: Family in the country

Andrew Morris on family in Bangladesh and UK. “It never ceases to amaze me here that ‘family members’ can travel across the country, turn up unannounced at a relative's home,...

Pakistan: Headgear for Pakistan

All Things Pakistan has a wonderful post on headgear in Pakistan. “Even though with increased travel, TV, and urbanization some of the caps (not turbans, though) worn in one part...

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