Title: Richard Johnson (India)

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URL: http://thetuquesouq.blogspot.com/

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Unfelled: A Naxal Encounter - 30/Nov/2012 01:00 - 3290 days ago
A forest in India. (Photo by Richard A. Johnson / 2011)The creative non-fiction short story "Unfelled: A Naxal Encounter" by Ric...
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On the Importance of Mother-Tongue Early Childhood Education - 11/Oct/2012 14:58 - 3340 days ago
This video tells the story of the work being done inadivasi(aboriginal) communities in India's Odisha state to develop preschool...
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Journey to Manitoulin Island - 11/Sep/2012 16:13 - 3370 days ago
Toronto toManitoulin Islandvia Guelph, Tobermory and Bruce National Park.Photographs with the indomitable Holga + Fuji Neopan 40...
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New eBook from the National Magazine Awards - 05/Sep/2012 17:06 - 3376 days ago
This summer I helped develop and edit aneBookanthology for the National Magazine Awards Foundation. The result--Best in Magazine...
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Aching for the Portage: A Week in Algonquin Park - 22/Aug/2012 00:55 - 3390 days ago
The first of twenty-four portages feels like the chaos wrought by a summer storm upon a beach; the last, like an imperturbable o...
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Dog Days of Spadina - 18/Aug/2012 19:37 - 3394 days ago
Toronto, August 15, 2012. The Spadina Avenue corridor from Bloor to King Streets is a brocade of barriers, hard hats, steel beam...
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The Stewart-Colbert Road Map for Middle East Peace - 16/Aug/2012 15:30 - 3396 days ago
This month the Comedy Central duo of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert released an advance draft of their highly anticipatedRoad M...
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Summer Travel Reading, from the NMA Archives - 18/Jul/2012 12:19 - 3425 days ago
A friend dropped us a note recently from his travels in Austria:“I never imagined this place would be so stimulating: the moun...
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The Fine Art of Magazine Cover Virality - 25/May/2012 12:59 - 3479 days ago
When did we all become so completely obsessed with magazine covers?It seems none of us can get enoughsuggestive poses,egregious ...
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Memorable Mag Covers: Maisonneuve's Crème brûlée - 25/Apr/2012 18:41 - 3509 days ago
It's May 1 that the CanadianNational Magazine Awardswill reveal the nominees for the 35th anniversary awards. Counting down the ...
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Saturday Evening Post Ads, 1968 - 11/Apr/2012 21:54 - 3523 days ago
Few of us were alive and/or cognizant during the glory era ofThe Saturday Evening Post, the bedrock of the American magazine pub...
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Why Greg Mortenson's Shame is on Us - 06/Apr/2012 15:55 - 3528 days ago
Now that self-made humanitarian and "stones-into-schools" false prophet Greg Mortenson has been ordered torepay more than $1-mil...
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Jenin's Freedom Theatre marks anniversary of founder's murder - 04/Apr/2012 09:17 - 3530 days ago
Juliano Mer-Khamis(photo courtesy Freedom Theatre)Today marks the one-year anniversary of the murder ofJuliano Mer-Khamis -...
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Newsweek's Mad Men issue dons 60s homage ads - 24/Mar/2012 16:46 - 3541 days ago
Ahead of this weekend's long-awaited restart of the hitAMCtelevision seriesMad Men, America's perennially ho-hum, middle-class m...
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FINCA: Exploitative Fundraising or Successful Direct Marketing? - 05/Feb/2012 15:10 - 3589 days ago
Last week I received an envelope in the mail from theFoundation for International Community Assistance, orFINCA, which consisted...
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'Off the Page' interview series launches on the Magazine Awards blog - 27/Jan/2012 01:34 - 3598 days ago
A special note from the Department of Blogger Self Reference (Non-Egregious Division): TheMagazine Awardsblog (the official blog...
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Explorations in the Apocryphal Spelling of Tuque - 19/Jan/2012 12:55 - 3606 days ago
Friends, nothing is dearer to this blog than thesanctityof its allonym. So consider us being true to our own self if we sti...
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Adventures in Advenience: The Return of a Photographic Moment - 12/Jan/2012 14:18 - 3613 days ago
Nine years ago this month I dropped anchor in Tunisia for a six-month contract teaching English at a school in the seaside city ...
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Life Magazine Ads: Year in Pictures 1988 - 09/Jan/2012 16:21 - 3616 days ago
Chanced upon a copy ofLifemagazine's "Year in Pictures 1988" (published January 1989). Aside from all the coverage of some guy n...
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BBC investigates the politics of NGOs in India - 05/Jan/2012 13:44 - 3620 days ago
What do non-governmental organizations (NGOs) really do to improve the lives of people in developing countries and work for sust...
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Jenin's Freedom Theatre Embraces 2012 - 03/Jan/2012 05:01 - 3622 days ago
2011 was a year of tough perseverance for theFreedom Theatrein Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine. The joint Palestinian-Is...
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Happy New Year - 02/Jan/2012 03:50 - 3623 days ago
Happy 2012 from the Tuque Souq. We're undergoing a wee redesign in both the visual and conceptual senses. Please bear with us; w...
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Vote for 'Adivasi Community Preschool' - 02/Oct/2011 11:38 - 3715 days ago
There are still two more days to vote in this year's Click About It international photography competition, in partnership with O...
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101 Icelandic: A Thorough Tongue-Twisting Trek Through a Thwarting Language - 30/Sep/2011 14:24 - 3717 days ago
It is entirely possible that the most garrulous person in all of Iceland is a man who spends most of his day alone on a mountain...
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I, uh, Felt a Jokull (and other Icelandic things) - 27/Sep/2011 23:11 - 3720 days ago
It had to be high on the list of places to visit in Iceland: Eyjafjallajökull, the ice cap and eponymous volcano that just a ye...
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Discovery with a Paddle: Canoeing the Restoule and French Rivers - 10/Aug/2011 14:44 - 3768 days ago
WhenSamuel Champlainpaddled down the Restoule River with a party ofOttawa nationaboriginals in the early sixteenth century, he b...
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Blazing Paddles - 29/Jul/2011 12:20 - 3780 days ago
The Tuque Souq is pointing its compass north by northwest by slightly southeast with a right turn in there somewhere, on a bit o...
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Markets of the World: A fresh take on food, photography and book publishing - 07/Jul/2011 12:29 - 3802 days ago
Anyone who finds sterility and repetition lurking in the food-and-foodie assault on popular culture, or perhaps a fetid insoucia...
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Bill Moyers reads Magazines Upside-Down - 30/Jun/2011 14:13 - 3809 days ago
"Lying in bed at night, reading. Magazines mostly. It's amazing how many places you can go with a stack of magazines while flat ...
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Brain-Eating Zombie Fungus is Selfish SOB - 23/Jun/2011 12:05 - 3816 days ago
"Tropical carpenter ants who are zombified by brain fungus are thereafter compelled, at solar noon, to latch on to the main vein...
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Oh Aubergine: Etymology of an Eggplant - 16/Jun/2011 13:33 - 3823 days ago
In India I learned most of the local language at the School of Hard Knocks, otherwise known as the vegetable market. Elbowing my...
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Behind the Scenes at the 34th National Magazine Awards - 11/Jun/2011 20:28 - 3828 days ago
Last night Canadian magaziners feted themselves with due and tasteful pomp at the annual National Magazine Awards.For my multi-p...
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Magazine Week in Canada - 06/Jun/2011 01:12 - 3833 days ago
What's better than a warm spring afternoon in the park? How about a warm spring afternoon in the park with a large stack of maga...
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Farewell India - 24/Mar/2011 06:53 - 3907 days ago
So long, India. It's been real. (Sometimes a little too real, like that time you sent yourmonkey scoutinto our bedroom.)We enjoy...
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Shrine of the Holy Mother in Dantolingi - 20/Mar/2011 15:09 - 3911 days ago
In Dantolingi in northern Ganjam district, near the border of Kandhamal, stands a hilltop shrine to the Holy Mother Mary. Legend...
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Tibetan Monastery of Chandragiri - 09/Mar/2011 06:42 - 3922 days ago
In 1963, about 600Tibetan refugeesarrived in the southwestern Orissa hill country of Gajapati district, in a fertile valley know...
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Monkey High Jump - 08/Mar/2011 05:01 - 3923 days ago
Actually more like a not-so-high jump. Scene from our balcony, Berhampur, Orissa, India....
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What PREM Does: Rehabilitation of Post-Violence Kandhamal - 06/Mar/2011 07:35 - 3925 days ago
This is the fifth in aseries of postsabout the development work ofPeople's Rural Education Movement(PREM) in the state of Orissa...
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Friday Night = Egg Roll Night - 04/Mar/2011 06:18 - 3927 days ago
Ah, the Calcutta Egg Roll stall in Annapurna Market, Berhampur. They serve up a one-egg omelette, wrapped in achapati, stuffed w...
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Chilika Lake - 01/Mar/2011 15:35 - 3930 days ago
Chilikais the largest brackish water lake in Asia, measuring about 1000 square kilometres. TheNGOI’ve been working with,PREM, ...
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Buffalo Time - 25/Feb/2011 15:35 - 3934 days ago
In Mandiapalli village, almost any time is buffalo time. You can set your watch—as much as you’d need to around here—to th...
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The National Egg Co-ordination Committee - 17/Feb/2011 06:03 - 3942 days ago
It all started about a year ago when my friend and I went up to work on his motorcycle, when I first noticed—off the side of a...
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Brown Bread in Berhampur - 14/Feb/2011 13:30 - 3945 days ago
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The Saora Tribe of Gajapati - 10/Feb/2011 10:03 - 3949 days ago
The Saora are one of the oldest and most numerous of the 62 scheduled tribes of Orissa in southeastern India. The so-called Hill...
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Himalaya Redux - 29/Jan/2011 03:08 - 3961 days ago
Khangchedzonga (8598m; 28,200ft), south face from Thangsing valley, 12 Oct 2010.To view full photo galleryclick here....
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What's in Your Tiffin? [a.k.a. A Week's Worth of Lunch] - 23/Jan/2011 08:44 - 3967 days ago
Lunch time istiffintime--the lovable, stackable, put-it-on-your-headablelunch pail of India. Everyday at work around two it's wa...
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Education Programme of PREM at a Glance (VIDEO) - 14/Jan/2011 15:54 - 3976 days ago
Part 1 (above) and Part 2 (below)Behind the Scenes:This two-part film highlights three of the education programmes--Primary&...
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A Tuque in India - 03/Dec/2010 03:43 - 4018 days ago
Ah, December. A line of no retreat for Winter. A season of snow and slipperiness. A time forTuques. In Canada, anyway. Your...
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So You've Decided to Start a Newsletter, eh? - 22/Nov/2010 05:49 - 4029 days ago
TheNGOI volunteer with—PREM—decided it wanted to start a newsletter because, well,NGOs have newsletters, but this one did no...
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What PREM Does: Fighting Corruption - 16/Nov/2010 05:02 - 4035 days ago
This is the fourth in aseries of postsabout the development work ofPeople's Rural Education Movement(PREM) Orissa, India.Op...
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Quote-Unquote: The Primal Land [Adibhumi] by Pratibha Ray - 11/Nov/2010 05:13 - 4040 days ago
"Life in the city had taught Somra Sisa a great deal. He had seen leaders arriving to address crowds, their motorcars raising cl...
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The Virgin Mary's Getaway Motorcycle - 02/Nov/2010 05:51 - 4049 days ago
Now that I have your attention, here are some other sites of Gangtok, hillside capital of the Indian state of Sikkim, our next s...
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Fat Monkey Screams in Darjeeling - 30/Oct/2010 06:22 - 4052 days ago
 Whoa!?Yikes!Oh, I get it....
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Breakfast in Ghorkaland - 28/Oct/2010 03:47 - 4054 days ago
Greetings from Ghorkaland. Land of the Ghorkas, mountain men and women of the Himalaya, so famed for their ferocity as soldiers ...
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The Inconvenience Caused is Deeply Regretted - 25/Oct/2010 13:03 - 4057 days ago
Six words. The voice is female, vaguely sympathetic and comforting, a bit like Mary Poppins with an Indian accent; yet also robo...
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Quote-Unquote: Walt Whitman - 28/Sep/2010 06:08 - 4084 days ago
Afoot and lighthearted,I take to the open road,Healthy, free, the world before me,The long brown path before me leading wherever...
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You say Potato, I say... Banana Pancake - 21/Sep/2010 03:26 - 4091 days ago
There's more than one way to slice fruit. You could, for example, not slice it at all. Just peel it and wrap a spongey pancake a...
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What PREM Does: Long, Long Distance Education - 17/Sep/2010 06:38 - 4095 days ago
This is the third in aseries of postsabout the development work ofPeople's Rural Education Movement(PREM) in Orissa, India....
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Happy Belated Onam - 14/Sep/2010 06:06 - 4098 days ago
Onam is the one of the biggest holidays of the year in the Indian state of Kerala, which is absolutely nowhere near where I live...
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Ten Things I'm Enjoying about Life in Orissa, India - 10/Sep/2010 07:22 - 4102 days ago
1. That being chased, charged or nearly head-butted byColossus the Ox, who rules the muddy lanes of our neighbourhood, is consid...
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What PREM Does: Networking Grassroots People's Movements - 17/Aug/2010 06:29 - 4126 days ago
This is the second in aseries of postsabout the development work ofPeople's Rural Education Movement(PREM) Orissa, India.PREMis ...
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The Road to Kandhamal - 13/Aug/2010 05:48 - 4130 days ago
The road toKandhamalleads north by northwest out of the town ofBerhampur, encountering rain-swelled rice paddies almost as soon ...
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What PREM Does: Child Based Community Development - 09/Aug/2010 06:44 - 4134 days ago
This is the first in aseries of postsabout the development work ofPeople's Rural Education Movement(PREM) in Orissa, India.The A...
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Quote-Unquote: Ahmed Ali - 13/Jul/2010 10:42 - 4161 days ago
"In spite of griefs and sorrows a man gets used to life, for its flaws must always go on. Soon Mir Nihal resumed his normal life...
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Oriya Literature in Translation - 22/Jun/2010 04:23 - 4182 days ago
I was introduced to Oriya literature by chance and by suffering. In aKhan Market bookshopin Delhi, I decided to spend a whopping...
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The Indian Waggle - 17/Jun/2010 08:12 - 4187 days ago
It is somewhere between startling and disconcerting. When, at the initial passing of a thought beyond your lips--as soon as your...
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India Book Review: Between the Assassinations, by Aravind Adiga - 14/Jun/2010 10:23 - 4190 days ago
Duly celebrated young Indian author Aravind Adiga's debut novel,The White Tiger, won the 2008 Man Booker Prize and shot the youn...
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After the Catch - 12/Jun/2010 07:42 - 4192 days ago
The seaside town of Gopalpur is--as regular followers of this blog will guess--becoming a regular weekend getaway for us. Mornin...
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Quote-Unquote: Why India is terrible at Football - 09/Jun/2010 04:02 - 4195 days ago
"Why is India such a non-entity in international football? Because, whether or not we acknowledge our inadequacies, the predomin...
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The Barefoot Guide to Indian Football, aka Soccer - 07/Jun/2010 04:24 - 4197 days ago
In 1950 the newly independent country of India was invited to take part in theFIFAWorld Cupin Brazil. The organizers of the tour...
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The Children of the Hills and the English Conversation Club - 02/Jun/2010 04:01 - 4202 days ago
"We come from the hills, sir." This is how the children explain it to me; how they name their place, as though a simple tilt of ...
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India Blog Roundup - 29/May/2010 06:00 - 4206 days ago
Enough about me, for once! There are approximately sixtyVSOvolunteer workers here in various parts of India, and among them are ...
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Quote-Unquote: Aravind Adiga - 26/May/2010 10:52 - 4209 days ago
"Even the writer of the truth should not know the truth entirely. Every word, upon being written, is like the full moon, and dai...
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India Book Review: Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie - 22/May/2010 05:58 - 4213 days ago
If my memory is to be trusted I don't recall ever in my near-thirty-four years of life in the fortunate company of some of the b...
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Sandlot Cricket [Part 2] - 18/May/2010 02:30 - 4217 days ago
{Click here for Part 1}The bowler uncorked the ball. In one instant I held dominion over all eyes, even (perhaps I exaggerate) t...
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Sandlot Cricket [Part 1] - 11/May/2010 13:29 - 4224 days ago
As a matter of inevitable fact, it was as certain as curry. It was as likely to happen as my stepping in cow dung while crossing...
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Tikka Tacos - 09/May/2010 05:55 - 4226 days ago
Sunday morning breakfast treat.Tikka sauce(from the low-fat Indian cookbook):1.5 tbsp each of ground coriander and cumin1 tbsp e...
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India Book Review: Inhaling the Mahatma, by Christopher Kremmer - 06/May/2010 11:09 - 4229 days ago
Nearly fifty years after theassassinationof the Mahatma Gandhi, a copper urn containing part of his ashes--which were supposed t...
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The Monkey Incident - 02/May/2010 06:51 - 4233 days ago
There we were, man and monkey, separated only by a few strands of DNA and a few feet--or paws--of concrete balcony.So lazily doe...
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Dhalafel - 28/Apr/2010 10:26 - 4237 days ago
Theory: Necessity is the mother of invention.Corollary: An empty belly is the mother of all necessity.Ergo: A rumbling tummy is ...
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Quote-Unquote: Salman Rushdie - 27/Apr/2010 01:35 - 4238 days ago
"Family history, of course, has its proper dietary laws. One is supposed to swallow and digest only the permitted parts of it, t...
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Steamrolled by the Great Freight Train of Irony - 26/Apr/2010 01:18 - 4239 days ago
Last week my very bubbly and energetic colleague KD invited me to accompany him on a field visit to the village of Chandragiri, ...
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The People's Rural Education Movement - 23/Apr/2010 09:29 - 4242 days ago
Fight poverty through individual empowerment. Fight it with education. Fight it with rights-based collective action. Fight it wh...
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Quote-Unquote: Mahatma Gandhi - 19/Apr/2010 11:26 - 4246 days ago
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."--Mohandas ...
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Oriya: Language of Imagination - 16/Apr/2010 10:39 - 4249 days ago
Melting light bulbs. Dancing jellyfish. Stormtroopers making silly faces.These are but a few ways of imagining the peculiar and ...
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India Book Review: A New History of India, by Stanley Wolpert - 14/Apr/2010 08:05 - 4251 days ago
Reading UCLA historian Stanley Wolpert’sA New History of India (8th ed.)is your (and my) just punishment for not taking an Int...
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Quote-Unquote: Paulo Freire - 12/Apr/2010 09:10 - 4253 days ago
"Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of...
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First night in the kitchen - 11/Apr/2010 03:41 - 4254 days ago
Tomato Pulagobi (Tomato Cauliflower)Ingredients that we found:400g tomatoes, whole1 cauliflower, chopped200g paneer cheese, cube...
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The only 5 Toilet Paper Rolls in Town... - 08/Apr/2010 12:47 - 4257 days ago
... and they're all mine.*There is no TP in this town, but we do have a "western" toilet (which, by wonderful happenstance, face...
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