"Perhaps, Sir, you will someday come back with books." The words were uttered in 1998 by the headmaster of a grade school in Bahundanda, Nepal -- that had a library, but no books -- to John Wood, a stressed out American senior executive at Microsoft, who was trekking the area's famed Annapurna Circuit.
A few years ago, I was lounging on a yacht in the Virgin Islands with the man I was sure I was supposed to marry. We locked eyes and I longed for him to whisper in my ear something tender and romantic. Then he started talking about hamburgers.
Imagine a new world of innovative, inexpensive and successful learning, where streets in rural towns in developing countries are lined with self-powered computer kiosks, and children from poor neighborhoods have the same ability to work with new technology as children in richer areas.
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No one, in Rio, for example, foresaw either the Internet or China's rise to being the major carbon emitter on the globe. Nor was the emergence of the oil and coal industries as the major political brokers in the U.S. taken into account.
Should we continue to invest in large, grid-based solar projects, which feed the already fed? Or should be find innovative ways of upscale decentralized solar energy -- rooftop panels and mini-grids -- to reach the remote villages and institutional users?
The Washington Post editorial board jumped into a center of a decades-old debate by declaring their support for a universal national identity card. In reality, implementing an American national identity card would be an expensive logistical and bureaucratic nightmare.
The familiar smell of dust, the gasoline, the honking rickshaws, the nod sideways to say yes, the walk along the broken stones of the highway, fearing falling into the passing motorcycles, the cars going both ways at once... and the colors of all the scarves!
Salma Begum and Salena Begum are clear about one thing: they want prostitution abolished in India. The two women, who are not related, were forced into prostitution as adolescents. Now in their mid-30s, they are trying to get out.
There seems to me some risk that India may fall into the Pakistani trap: continue to pursue yesterday's energy solutions, even though they are no longer feasible or adequate, until it is too late and an energy shortage becomes an emergency.
Real policy change typically requires evidence of potential impact. How does civil society in all its fragmentation create a body of data to demonstrate that a certain approach can work?
It is of grave importance that we do not use yoga to perpetuate our freedom to self indulge. We could consider taking our newfound inspiration we've gained via yoga, and use it to empower other women, who may be less fortunate.
We live in this world that tells us: If you have problems, the answer is outside of you. If you're looking for truth, it exists somewhere else. If you want to grow, you need to leave your hometown, your community, your world. And that was the compulsion I had throughout college.
If Kinsey was right, there are anywhere between 50 and 100 million people in India who are gay, lesbian or bisexual. So where is the "gay India"? What does it do, and where does it live? A country that is home to nearly a fifth of the world's population surely needs to confront these questions.
Sporting loose brown pants, 100 rupees in my left shoe, 3 layers of wrinkled shirts, a money belt tucked under the second shirt layer and looped through my pants, glasses, frizzy hair running amok, old sneakers and an alarm in my pants pocket, I exited the hotel gates.
Though there seems no quick fix to the ongoing problems of the Kukis and the Nagas, it has become an issue that cannot be ignored for too long.