"Sideways on a Scooter" by American journalist Miranda Kennedy is about the complex relationships between women in India. Shortly after completing this book, I watched "Lakshmi and Me," a PBS documentary about filmmaker Nishtha Jain and her relationship with her young maid, Lakshmi.
5.5 Liters of Blood – Meet Narayanan Krishnan
CNN Hero, Narayanan Krishnan, gave up a career as a chef to feed the homeless three meals a day in Madurai, India. This video illustrates why he truly is a hero at 29 years of age.
Guns and Study Abroad
I traveled to India several years ago and one of my fondest memories was chatting with a young boy in Varanasi. He approached me while I was watching a beautiful performance along the Ganges River. He spoke perfect English at 9 years old and asked me some questions about why I was in India. He guessed, eventually, where I was from. And when he did, the first question he asked was, "Lady, where is your gun?"
SOLD: The Story of Lakshmi
The atrocity of sex trafficking is highlighting in this heartbreaking book simply titled "SOLD." I read it for a book club recently and was completely floored at the power of Patricia McCormick's writing. It is the story of Laskshmi, a 13 year Nepalese girl whose stepfather sells her to help with his family's financial troubles after a monsoon. She is taken to India and forced into prostitution to survive.
Preparing for Study Abroad: Non-Verbal Communication
Here are three interesting videos that highlight the importance of non-verbal communication.
Girls Around the World: The Wisdom of Shilpi Somaya Gowda and Nicolas Kristof
Commentary on Shilpi Somaya Gowda's book Secret Daughter and Nicolas Kristof's commentary on the economics of girls around the world.
The Taste and Smell of Culture – Cooking with Rinku
The Taste and Smell of Culture - Cooking with Rinku
Response to Joel Stein’s piece on India in Time Magazine: My Own Selective Xenophobia
Rick Zimmerman, Guest Blogger on MelibeeGlobal.com, comments on Time Magazine's controversial piece on India (by Joel Stein)
Dreaming in Hindi – Landmarks in Progress
Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich in India - landmarks of progress in language acquisition.
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