She Reads South Asia


Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Room To Read welcomes Dhir Jhingran

Room To Read is an organization, which "partners with local communities throughout the developing world to establish schools, libraries, and other educational infrastructure. We seek to intervene early in the lives of children in the belief that education is a lifelong gift that empowers people to ultimately improve socioeconomic conditions for their families, communities, countries, and future generations. Through the opportunities that only an education can provide, we strive to break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time."

Founder and CEO John Wood and the entire RTR staff welcomes Dhir Jhingran.

"Dhir Jhingran joins us in the newly created role of Asia Regional Director. Dhir is a prominent leader and facilitator of educational programs at local, state and national levels in India. With over 15 years of professional experience in primary education, Dhir most recently served as Director of Elementary Education for the Ministry of Human Resource Development, responsible for guiding and supervising the implementation of the Education For All program, a national campaign to universalize elementary education in India. He has supervised programs in reading comprehension, computer education, classroom construction and language development, and is the author of two books that focus on the access of education for disadvantaged children. He served as an informal advisor to the Room to Read India team for two years before joining us in his current role as Asia Regional Director, with all country teams in Asia reporting up to him. We are excited to build out a larger regional team based in Delhi with Dhir."

Room To Read in India

Room To Read stories from India

You can help Room to Read by your donations and/or by volunteering your time to help them further their goals. Please visit their Website and contact them to see how you can help.

Children Walking Tall and the Mango House

Children Walking Tall is an organization, which helps children worldwide to break the cycle of poverty and give them a happier, brighter, more productive future, through education, support and friendship. Their ultimate goal ... allowing the children to walk tall!

Here is what they are doing for the children who are suffering in Goa, India.


"There are hundreds of children living on the streets in Goa alone for a number of different reasons. A large number of the children on the streets originate from other regions of India but make the long journey to Goa by train, sweeping the carriages, trying to earn money as they go. The children want to get to Goa because they believe the tourists will provide them with everything they need, but this is not true. Street children can often be found roaming the streets begging for money or sleeping under bridges and in bus stations at night. They are frequently in trouble with the locals who don't want them around because they have a bad effect on business. Some of the children try to earn money by rag or bottle picking, or selling plastic bags in the fish markets, working up to 13 hours a day, but ending up with only a few rupees in their pocket. We felt that the best way we could help would be by starting a charity to provide shelter and food for these children. Allowing us to give the children something they may not have had before, a chance of a childhood worth remembering."

Children Walking Tall is committed to helping them in all ways possible and Mango House, is one of those ways in which they accomplish this goal.

The Mango house is a 100+ year old Portuguese house that had been left empty for 20 years. It has now regained some of it's previous glory through lots of hard work.

Future Plans

Apna Ghar
We have been given permission to visit the state run childrens' detention centre called Apna Ghar. Children are placed there who have had a 'run in' with the law or who have been abandoned in the streets.

Mumbai Visit
In January we hope to make another visit to Mumbai. Shermina and a few of the volunteers hope to give out over 600 sets of clothes, fruit and sweets to the children living in the slums and on the roadside.

Activity Day for the Children
We have been contacted by an adventure sports company who wish to sponsor a day events for 50 children in the next month. This will be a great day out and will give the children to have something to look forward to.

You can read more and help out the Children Walking Tall, either by donations or by volunteering. Please visit their Website today to find out how you can make a difference.

Contact Us
Children Walking Tall
'The Mango House'
H.No 148/3
Near Vrundavan Hospital
Karaswada, Mapusa
Bardez, Goa

Children Walking Tall

You can also vote for Children Walking Tall.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Top Chef

I love food, both cooking and eating it. Although I'm not crazy about reality shows, Top Chef is one of my favorite cooking shows. The Indian connection (for this blogspot) is of course the beautiful Padma Lakshmi, who is the host of the show.

The competition has been fierce throughout and the dishes very interesting to say the least, given the themes and settings in which the chefs have been handed. It's wonderful that you can also get the recipes and relive some of the highlights through the official Top Chef site.

I really can't believe though that Sam and Elia were the ones to "pack their knives and go" home. Clearly the judges must have had a little too much to drink before they made this insane decision.

It's down to the last two chefs, Ilan and Marcel. Although I wanted it to be between Sam and Elia, (and it really should have been, since they were the two best (IMHO) throughout, especially Sam) The judges really made a very bad decision this week for sure and the comments from viewers on the blog show it!

I won't be watching the final challenge between Ilan and Marcel because the producers will probably chose Marcel just because of all the drama he created the entire series. It's so unfair. I know ratings are important but not at the expense of the contestants. Shame on Bravo!

I loved both Elia and Sam, but without a doubt, Sam would have come out of it all as Top Chef!

Forget about having me as a viewer for 'Top Chef' "part 3" of the ratings game as well!

You can check out the finale photos and comments along with the Official site with all of the episodes and interviews, along with Chef Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmon's blogs.

Official Top Chef Site on Bravo TV

Friday, January 26, 2007

Good News/Bad News For Goa

New Konkani TV Station launched 21st January,2007

Goa 24/7 was launched yesterday and you can see it on Channel 21 or 31 in South Goa and North Goa will be connected in a month or so.

The Konkani movie 'Nirmon' was shown and 'Alisa' was shown the next morning.


'The Death of Goa', written by Rajen Parrikar really saddened me. It is impossible to believe that the beautiful paradise known as Goa could soon be no more. It is a travesty that this may indeed be her fate.


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

NEW Additions to Amy's Kitchen

Speaking of food, I just stopped by Amy's Kitchen and discovered that she's added two new Indian dishes to her line of healthy food products. I'm looking forward to trying them both. I've already tried and eaten her other Indian dishes many times. They are sooooooo delicious. Get some and try them today!

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Paneer Tikka

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Spinach Tofu Wrap

Tea time snack

Winter is definitely here in the US. Today I found a great little fluffy snack to have with the garam chai (spicy Indian tea) that is needed to warm us up on this cold night.

They're called Goli Baje and they are just the perfect little tea time snack.

They're easy to make and even more fun to eat. Enjoy some today!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Looking at the Unseen Face of our Planet

Please check out this amazing and sometimes sobering website and let me know what you think. Thank You. Looking At The Unseen Face of Our Planet