She Reads South Asia


Saturday, January 31, 2009

Goa, India - Nature

Goa, India - Nature
Originally uploaded by Joel's Goa Pics
Simply Gorgeous!

Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama
Originally uploaded by joegoauk1
I LOVE trains!

Indian Proverb - the cracked pot

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." ~2 Corinthians 4:7~

There is an ancient Indian proverb that tells as follows:

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the masters house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his masters house.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

"Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"

"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your masters house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts." The pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the masters house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the Pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pots side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my masters table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

There is an obvious moral to the story. God can even use flawed creatures like us. Our inadequacies do not stop God from fulfilling His purpose for us. That is enough cause to rejoice!

But let's think further and deeper. God does not settle for us because He has nothing better to work with; it is not as if He resigns and says, "Well, it's the best I can do with what I created! I guess I'll just have to be content with who they turned out to be!" Do we think that God is not sovereign? On the contrary! God has ordained the situations and pain and cracks and brokenness in our lives because it is what brings Him the most glory.

We are to live fully as broken vessels. Beautiful vessels. Vessels that let the Living Water drip from our jars of clay to produce flowers along the path that we travel.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My Little Pakora - Organic Living

I just came across the cutest, most innovative website for parents who want to raise "green" babies. My Little Pakora, an organic children’s clothing retailer and online multi-cultural resource center, blends the latest information about organic and sustainable lifestyles with the uniquely similar cultural traditions of South Asia and other cultures around the world.

Sonia Gupta is the creator of My Little Pakora (the nickname for her daughter Anika) It is a site dedicated to creating fun, while offering South Asian inspired clothing that is eco-friendly for pakoras of all sizes. Please visit their website for organic baby clothing and educational material.

The article on appeared in INDIA New England Newspaper. You can read the entire INEN article here.

First Konkani animation film focuses on Goa environment

Finally a film about Goa and in the Konkani language. Although it is an animation film, it will still address the issues of the environment surrounding the state of Goa. Here is an excerpt of the article.

"Groundwater contamination, mega residential projects, killing of frogs for meat - all this and more find voice in the first ever Konkani animation film 'Saimakaden Samvad' that focuses on environmental degradation in the coastal state of Goa, famous for its beaches.

Directed and scripted by Rajshree Bandodkar Karapurkar, a physics lecturer and Konkani sci-fi writer, the 20-minute short animation film echoes the intensified contemporary tussle between nature and rampant unplanned development, which has been the cause of prolonged civil unrest in Goa of late."

To read the rest of the story, please click here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Software reviews: Rosetta Stone Hindi

I just finished by review on the Rosetta Stone Hindi Language program. Here are the opening statements.

"Rosetta Stone Hindi (or any of their 30 language courses) uses an amazing system of teaching the language to a child or an adult. Without having any previous knowledge of Hindi, it is possible to master the language using the five-step method:

Dynamic Immersion"

If you would like to read the full article, please go here. Thank you.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Palbasha's Album Releases Soon!

This is a new song called Ei Amake by Palbasha and Imon... enjoy it... It is from her first album Audhora, coming out this February!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Nutrition Book for Indians

AAPI NUTRITION BOOK - A comprehensive nutrition book for all who are of Indian origin

"Nutrition guide for Indians compiled by outstanding dietitians" Presented by Thakor G. Patel, MD MACP Advisor, Public Health Committee and Shardad Lakhampal, MD - President, AAPI

Introduction: Sudha Raj PhD RD
Heart Disease: Geeta Sikand MA RD FADA CDE
North Indian Cuisine: Madhu Gadia MS RD CDE
Nepali Cuisine: Suraj Mathema MS RD CDN MBA
Oriya & Bengali Cuisine: Ranjita Misra PhD CHES
South Indian Cuisine: Nirmala Ramasubramanian MS RD CDN CDE
Maharashtrain Cuisine: Keya Deshpande MS
Gujarati Cuisine: Rita (Shah) Batheja MS RD CDN
Choosing Healthy Snacks: Janaki N. Sengupta MSc RD CDN
Desserts of India: Sharmila Chatterjee MSc MS RD
Low Fat Cooking & How to Modify a Recipe: Nimesh Bhargava MS RD CNSD MBA
Managing Your Menu is an Indian Restaurant: Karmeen Kulkarni MS RD CD CDE BC-ADM
Summary: Padmini Balagopal MS B.ED RD CDE IBCLC
Exchange Lists for Indians with Diabetes: Chhaya Patel MA RD CSR
Glossary: Nirmala Abraham MS RD & Theja Mahalingaiah MA RD CFPP
Diabetes Information in English and 5 Regional Languages

You can download it from following links:


The Story of India

The Story of India by Michael Wood is a six-part documentary on PBS here in the States. It will be telecast for 3 Mondays in a row - Jan. 5, Jan 12, and Jan 19. from 9-11 EST (two parts each night). Don't miss it. The official website for the show with resources for teachers, tell your story of growing up in India section, ask Michael questions and more can be found here

You can also by the book and the entire series on DVD. So learn something new about India tonight.

The soundtrack can be found on iTunes. Enjoy!