Sachin Tendulkar is already arguably the best cricket player in history. I recently got a chance to watch him set several records in a one-day international match against South Africa where he scored 200 runs not out and increased his record lead in runs scored and centuries scored.

His place in cricket history is set, but he seems hungry to also make a difference off the field. He recently used his fame to endorse Parivartan – a program developed to reduce violence against women and domestic abuse in India (where one in three women report some form of abuse). Around 25 cricket coaches in Mumbai are now being trained to teach their players how to behave with a woman.

Bt Brinjal

February 28, 2010

Jairam Ramesh was left standing alone by the rest of the Indian government after his recent comments against Bt Brinjal. His stance that Bt Brinjal (India’s potential first GMO) is dangerous until proven safe seems to be at odds with the corporate-centric Indian government.

I admire Ramesh for having the courage to stand up to the multinational private sector to ensure that India’s seed sovereignty is intact. India has a long history of big industry dominating Read the rest of this entry »

goa prawns

February 26, 2010

On my recent trip I got to taste and savour Goa prawns. This is a taste that I cannot replicate anywhere else no matter how hard I try. The prawns I’m referring to are caught in rivers, and are so naturally sweet that they caramelize in the frying pan. The texture and taste takes me back to my childhood when I would come home from school and eat them with rice for lunch.

stars on the beach

February 23, 2010

One night in Goa, we went to the beach at eleven at night and stayed there until almost one o’clock just lying on some beach beds that we dragged onto the sand. Besides the roar of waves in almost pitch black darkness and the cool sea breeze, I was blown away by the sheer multitude of stars. You could clearly see the hazy mist of the Milky Way and the larger stars were quite low in the sky.

As an added bonus, besides the wonderful company and the peaceful drowsiness that the night beach air causes, we were treated to a wonderful display of shooting stars. It was quite a beautiful experience.

things I learned about Goa

February 22, 2010

1. Yoga may be learned primarily from German teachers.
2. Classical Indian dance is performed by white tourists for the enjoyment of all.
3. Russian is the official language of some of the beach villages of Goa.
4. Much of the prime land in Goa is owned by foreigners either by bending the rules or breaking them outright.
5. There are resorts that are foreigner-only. Locals are not allowed.

driving in india

February 22, 2010

I learned that to drive successfully in India you must accelerate and hurtle towards any group of cars or people that may be in your way. If you are absolutely certain that you are about to kill someone, you must brake just enough to veer off at the last possible minute while blowing your horn incessantly, leaving near disaster in your wake.

indian labour

February 22, 2010

In India, there is a lot of labour service that most in the world would consider extravagant. For example, a woman comes to the house every day and sweeps and mops the floor. Every alternate day, a man collects clothes at the door, irons and returns them. People come to the door to collect and pay for your old newspaper, pick up your garbage and do small jobs.

Labour in India is fairly inexpensive, and at first glance it seemed a bit unfair or even unethical. After being here for a while, I started to see how all these little services keep lots of people employed and at least allow them to earn a living in a country with over one billion people.