“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.
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?”
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.
Here are three interesting videos that highlight the importance of non-verbal communication.
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
Rick Zimmerman, Guest Blogger on MelibeeGlobal.com, comments on Time Magazine’s controversial piece on India (by Joel Stein)