Posts tagged india
Posts tagged india
I wish being a cop had the same status of being an engineer or a doctor in India.
Howard Sochurek, India, 1953
Villagers at a government subsidized night school.
Indians and Pakistanis celebrate their respective countries’ Independence Days together at the India-Pakistan border in Wagah, holding up candles and joint-national flags, at midnight on August 14, 2012. Pakistan celebrated Independence Day on August 14 and India on the 15th. Photos: Getty Images
films that make you want to salute the screen: Kaalapani (1996), Saza-E-Kala Pani, Siraichalai
starring Mohanlal, Prabhu Ganesan, Tabu, Nedumudi Venu, Sreenivasan, Tinnu Anand, Annu Kapoor, Alex Draper, Amrish Puri, and Vineeth.
INDIAN MEDAL WINNERS AT THE LONDON OLYMPICS:
Gagan Narang won bronze in 10m air rifle.
Vijay Kumar won silver in 25m rapid fire pistol.
Saina Nehwal won bronze in women’s single badminton.
Mary Kom won bronze in women’s fly 51 kg category boxing.
Yogeshwar Dutt won bronze in 60kg freestyle wrestling.
Sushil Kumar won silver in 66kg freestyle wrestling.
We are SO proud of all the medal winners and total respect for the entire Indian Olympic team.
“Men fighting men to determine worth (ie, masculinity) excludes women as completely as the female experience of childbirth excludes men,” wrote Joyce Carol Oates. “Raw aggression is thought to be the peculiar province of men, as nurturing is the peculiar province of women. (The female boxer violates this stereotype and cannot be taken seriously—she is parody, she is cartoon, she is monstrous.)”
Mary Kom violates the stereotype of the violating stereotype. This is her extraordinary achievement. Raw aggression, childbirth, nurturing, teaching, are all her province. She enjoys doing her nails and visiting the beauty parlour, loves raising her children, and yes, she will fight with a skirt on. These aren’t contradictions. She is not closing worlds, she is expanding them.
Another inspiration taking the stage in August 2012 at the London Olympics is pint-sized Mary Kom from India. I picked up a copy of Intelligent Life at the airport on my way to Cologne, and it’s definitely one of the best articles I’ve read in a long time.
Mary comes from an impoverished background. She is now a mother of two, manages her own boxing school in her backyard, gets next to nothing in terms of sponsorship in spite of her talent and achievements, but she continues to fight.
I really hope she brings back the gold for India.
Life of Pi looks like a cinematography winner. Can’t wait to see it!
tart-pastry: The city of Kolkata, India, in the driving rain, looks like a (William) Turner painting.
Of all the rich G20 nations, India has been labelled the worst place to be a woman. But how is this possible in a country that prides itself on being the world’s largest democracy?