Poor to Broke: Rethinking poverty solutions

As Mike Todd famously said, “I’ve never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation” This is the place we want to reach. We can’t kill poverty. Get everyone rich, and among them, someone will still be poor. Poverty is relative, but we can stop it overwhelming large swathes of the country. We have tried doing it the numbers way – where we get an…

"Poor to Broke: Rethinking poverty solutions"

Keenan Santos could be you

The Murder of Keenan Santos For those with our typical ADHD attention spans, here’s what happened. On 23rd October 2011, group of cricket fans came together to enjoy a match on a big screen, have dinner at Amboli Kitchen and Bar, eat pan and have fun. What followed didn’t quite work out that way. Dinner done, as they were at the paan shop, a drunk man stumbled against one of the girls. Thinking that this…

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Diplomacy without military power is like music without instruments

An article in the Deccan Chronicle caught my eye. It makes an important point: We need to empower our warriors with the right tools and strength if we expect them to expand their reach in our protection. It makes a quote which pretty much summarizes our current state: Diplomacy without military power is like music without instruments. ~ Prussian king Fredrick the Great Our main problem is a cultivated powerlessness. A hangover from days of…

"Diplomacy without military power is like music without instruments"

Facts of the murder of Keenan and Reuben

I have written the initial story of theĀ Amboli attack which led to the murder of Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes. Since then, more details and descriptions from various accounts have given a clearer picture. The two videos from which a lot of information has been collected are at the bottom of the post. Noting here the events as I understood they happened. On the 20th October 2011, 7 friends went to Amboli Kitchen and Bar…

"Facts of the murder of Keenan and Reuben"

Be safe, little woman

So, a collection of advice for women who must live in a world of men. This collection ought to keep you safe from sexual molestation unless you are really unlucky. Never dress provocatively. Allow for interpretations of provocation, and wear something that covers every inch of your body – LOOSELY – your figure is provocative. Return home before dark. Avoid staying in a home with male members who could molest you. When you are walking…

"Be safe, little woman"

Cloth Bank needs your help

Cloth Bank is an initiative of Ahambhumika. It aims to match surplus clothes many of us have and provide them to those in need. Particularly children’s clothes. Kids grow up so fast, the ones who do have loads of clothes outgrow them while they are still in great condition. The ones who have few clothes keep needing clothes as their bodies grow. There are many village kids spending large parts of their childhood naked. Tender…

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