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Marina Abramovic

MOMA has an interesting exhibition by Yugoslav artist, Martina Abramovic. She deals with issues of slitting oneself with a razor, brushing ones hair with a vengeance, walking past 2 naked people, one man and one woman, a woman hung up on a cross and two people staring at each other. The most powerful image was a room full of bones, a representation of the spoils of war. And one of the images that left a lasting impression on me, was of a woman lying down with a skeleton above her, holding on to its hand, breathing in unison.

The Case for Making it personal

The Case for making education personal.

The Common People

Here is a great you tube clip on the Tory Party candidate.

Thanks Daud for the link.

Punjabis

From Laila and it is so true!!

FRIENDS VS. PUNJABI FRIENDS
>
> FRIENDS: Never ask for food.
> PUNJABI FRIENDS: Always bring the food.
>
> FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
> PUNJABI FRIENDS: Call your parents Mom and Dad
>
> FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
> PUNJABI FRIENDS: Cry with you.
>
> FRIENDS: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
> PUNJABI FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing, and
> just being
> together.
>
> FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
> PUNJABI FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
>
> FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is
> doing.
> PUNJABI FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds that left you...
>
> FRIENDS: Would knock on your door.
> PUNJABI FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, 'I'm home! Daaru -
> shaaru nikal yaar "'
>
> …

Kavita Ramdas Radical Woman Embracing Tradition

http://www.ted.com/talks/kavita_ramdas_radical_women_embracing_tradition.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2010-04-27&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email

Auditory Processing Disorder

Little-Known Disorder Can Take a Toll on Learning
By TARA PARKER-POPE

The symptoms of A.P.D. — trouble paying attention and following directions, low academic performance, behavior problems and poor reading and vocabulary — are often mistaken for attention problems or even autism.

But now the disorder is getting some overdue attention, thanks in part to the talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell and her 10-year-old son, Blake, who has A.P.D.

In the foreword to a new book, “The Sound of Hope” (Ballantine) — by Lois Kam Heymann, the speech pathologist and auditory therapist who helped Blake — Ms. O’Donnell recounts how she learned something was amiss.

It began with a haircut before her son started first grade. Blake had already been working with a speech therapist on his vague responses and other difficulties, so when he asked for a “little haircut” and she pressed him on his meaning, she told the barber he wanted short hair like his brother’s. But in the car later, Blake erupted in tears, and Ms. O…

Fatima Bhutto's new BOOk

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From 3QD via Business Standard
Family mattersWilliam Dalrymple / April 10, 2010, 0:01 ISTThe life and times of the Bhuttos is seen afresh in a passionately partisan but well-constructed memoir. William Dalrymple reviews it in context.The Bhuttos’ acrimonious family squabbles have long resembled one of the bloody succession disputes that habitually plagued South Asia during the time of the Great Mughals. In the case of the Bhuttos, they date back to the moment when Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was arrested on July 5, 1977.
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Sunanda Pushkar

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he Parable Of The VampWHAT DOES TRASHING SUNANDA PUSHKAR SAY ABOUT OUR ATTITUDES TO WOMEN, ASKS SHOMA CHAUDHURYAMIDST THE immense noise of the IPL controversy, away from public view, a woman has been confronted with a deeply personal crisis: she can no longer recognise herself. A massive juggernaut has rolled over her, crushed her out of shape, and moved on without a backward glance. She has been left to cope with the painful out-of-body experience of watching the mangled remains of who she used to be. Left to muse, in private bewilderment, why her image and the person she knew herself to be no longer matched.Sunanda Pushkar, the woman in the tableau, was not hit by some unheeding truck. She was hit by the media. As Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, the doctor parents of the slain Aarushi, know only too well, this is not the first time it’s happened. In its feeding frenzy for 24 /7 excitement, the media has developed a curious way of turning fathers into murderers; women into vamps. Facts, evi…

From the NYT

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Museums Take Their Lessons to the SchoolsBy TAMAR LEWINPublished: April 21, 2010SIGN IN TO RECOMMENDTWITTERSIGN IN TO E-MAILPRINTSINGLE PAGEREPRINTS

Iceland's Volcanoes

http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2010/04/understanding-the-split-personality-of-icelands-volcanoes.html

Jan Natya Manch's Moloyshree Hashmi

http://newsclick.in/india/moloyashree-hashmi-jana-natya-manchs-work-and-its-future

Manreet Deol: An Indian designer writes on her design and process

Hailey Road Stories

Here are more Hailey Road Chronicles by my uncle, Livinder Singh.

The rooms were made empty only when they had to be painted. And that went on for ever as the plaster was bad and they never waited for the putty to be dry.So I started by trying to remember the names of the people who have been in the house- service staff and others.The oldest other than Bhoori ahya, Laxmidhar the waterproofing man with long thin legs. The girls wanted him no where near the school bus stop. He was from Orrisa. I recall he used to get Rs. 30.00There was Sher Singh, the works clerk, A mistri with white turban- mason. He lived near the end of Panchkaun Road, Rami the Phulwala- fruit man with six fingers and toes. Whenever he was weighing the fruit he used his sixth finger to tilt the scales. We needed to help him to load the fruit basket on his bald head. Shanker ki ma- that old witch looking person. Shanker who said after the 1984 riots about Vikram- how did you escape? Before Shanker ki ma, there was Heer…