Blog in review (2014)

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 690 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Preparing for Sankranti

Looking at Sainath’s new website, People’s Archive of Rural India, I have grown more and more excited with every moment.  The everyday lives of everyday people, the diversity of rural life, rural voices, rural ways of expression … everything he talks about resonates with me and I am eager to take part in this project. Continue reading


People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI)

This is a chance for us as volunteers to work with our partners in ways that reach beyond the measure of projects and targets but to recognize the value of people’s voices, ideas and practices at the everyday level.
Photojournalist P Sainath, whom volunteers have met at his public lectures, organized by AID and many other organizations, universities and institutes has launched a website called the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI).  It is a fascinating project and I think that there is much that we can contribute from our village visits and our collaborations with partners in rural areas.
As you may recall, our 2003 calendar featured photographs from Sainath’s  exhibition on Women and Work.  And AID first hosted a talk by Sainath when he visited the US in 1997 after publishing his collection of articles Everybody Loves a Good Drought. 

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Struggling to Breathe

Bhopal 1984 – New York 2014

“I can’t breathe!” gasped Eric Garner.
His cry, replayed a million times
Echoes the night of 3 December 1984.

Unlike the people of Bhopal
Eric Garner was not choking on gas
From a Union Carbide pesticide plant.

A pesticide plant that could not have heard the people cry
could not have stopped leaking if it tried.

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