|Sunday, September 4, 2005|
While I do feel the situation during the tsunamis was a little
different - with news being so scattered and difficult to come by, and
the affected areas more spread-out, hence the relevance of real voices
in real time greater, I can't help being surprised by the absence of a
large blogger community effort to help victims this time round.
Especially when so many of the movers and shakers and developers of
'social tools' and their adaptations and iterations live in the same
country or closeby.
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Being Poor ... In India
Peter is really upset with a post on an American's notion of what being poor is. He has his own version :
Read it in full to understand what being poor really means for people in India. All of his poor-isms resonate - this one in particular - "Being poor is where the only way you leave is when you die." I was on the field earlier this week, and I spent a few hours with just such a family. Agricultural labourers who live in Nallasopara, now almost a suburb of Mumbai city. They have been living these conditions for the last 20 years. They see no hope, they cannot even afford the middle-class aspirations of living their dreams through their children. There is change around them - lots of high-rise buildings coming up around them - they see no benefit, rather they feel because trees are being cut down, there is no firewood left for them to cook on.
Here are some pictures (with their permission, and using a flash since they didn't have lights in their home) - I wasn't going to blog them earlier because I felt they were too sensationalist in the utter despair they reflect - but Peter's post touched me, and I thought I'd let them speak for themselves ....
Their home from the outside
7 year old son, who will attend school only till he is 10. After which he will work with them earning money.
Cooking instruments and utensils they own
Bathing area for the women .. a little shack outside the home
Cradle for their baby
Being poor .. is so relative.
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In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Amardeep Singh shares a poem by Robert Frost and the 1927 Mississippi Flood, in this amazing post - am re-posting it here in full because an edit would do it no justice .... hope that's ok Amardeep.
Amardeep comments :
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