Water – Pani – Water – Pani

A word about water insecurity in Delhi.
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Our body is composed of 70% water. Our planet,  75% water. Cities and civilizations have emerged on the banks and shores of

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Three Pieces of Plastic

Amazing how three little pieces of plastic with a string of random numbers can really affect your life. Plastic makes life-vests, helmets, and debit cards, three things you wouldn’t want

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Grinding Away

Before continuing, I’ll make a quick apology for the admittedly unfunny pun in the title of this post. Above is a picture of me on a soy bean grinder, which

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Random Acts of Kindness

Complaints roll effortlessly off the tongue. When I was talking to my family the other night, I realized about 20 minutes into the conversation that all I had done was

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Baby’s First Bombay Diwali

I’ve been up until at least 2am every night this week, and this is going to continue for a few more days.  It’s not because I’ve been partying (well ok,

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The Limits of One

During a visit to Chennai over the holiday, a friend and I stopped to rest in a village while coming back from a bird sanctuary north of the city. We

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Two Women in Rural Rajasthan

The unfair and depressing elements of being a woman in rural India seemed to swallow me whole, spit me out, then penetrate me to the bone. Respect and equality dissolved and disappeared

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Why Was it Wearing Clothes?

I sat in on a meeting today with a man who runs an NGO dedicated to reducing traffic fatalities.  At the end of the meeting he showed a slide-show that

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BLUFFING

…Autowallahs in Chennai are well known for their arrogance and general practice of drastically over charging. They never use the meter and most people who live in Chennai simply stopped requesting meter usage or expecting a fair rate. It is customary to simply haggle for a rate that is close to being reasonable. This particular autowallah wanted to charge me Rs100 for a Rs50 ride. Therefore, the negotiations began…

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