“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.
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.
“Sita Sings the Blues” tells the tale of the epic Ramayana using three very different styles of animation in Flash technology. It is visual storytelling taken to an entirely new level. The Ramayana consists of 24,000 verses in 7 books and 500 cantos, and tells the story of Rama, whose wife Sita is abducted by the demon king of Lanka, Ravana. Thematically, the epic explores the tenets of human existence and the concept of dharma. While it is clearly a story about Rama, the film focuses on Sita, his wife. There is a strong female voice and perspective throughout this feature film.
Commentary on Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s book Secret Daughter and Nicolas Kristof’s commentary on the economics of girls around the world.
Information about “The New Americans” documentary and how it can be used as a learning tool.
The Taste and Smell of Culture – Cooking with Rinku
Rick Zimmerman, Guest Blogger on MelibeeGlobal.com, comments on Time Magazine’s controversial piece on India (by Joel Stein)