Tag Archives: India

Child Labor and The Girl Effect

  Jayanti was only 8 years old when my brother-in-law discovered her. She had been working as a live-in domestic servant for the people next door in their small town in West Bengal. It was clear by her appearance that … Continue reading

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A 5,000 Year-Old Quiz

A long time ago, there lived a virtuous Indian prince named Yudhisthira (Yoo-dis-teer). He was the eldest of five brothers, and together, they were known as the Pandavas. One day, while they were living in exile in the forest, the … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Girls

I was first introduced to the widows of Vrindaban when I was barely 20 years old and on my first pilgrimage to India. A small group of us were walking the 14 kilometer path around Govardhan Hill with our guru … Continue reading

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The Ideology of Partition

Both of my husband’s parents immigrated to West Bengal as very small children from what became known as East Pakistan at the time of India’s independence –now the country of Bangladesh. If you saw the movie, Gandhi, you might remember the scenes … Continue reading

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One Who Can’t Dance Blames the Floor (and Other Useful Proverbs)

Idiomatic expressions are a time-honored way of conveying ideas and making them memorable. In their book, Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath site proverbs as among the most effective and enduring ways to impart knowledge.  It’s safe to say that every culture uses them. … Continue reading

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The Myth of Balance

Perfect balance: that elusive state of being, sought by disenfranchised human beings everywhere. Everyone wants it. Few claim to have found it. Maybe this is why: When you think about it, balance means an equal distribution of quantity among two … Continue reading

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