The Sepia Mutiny gang has extended my stint a month. Check out my latest entry over there—about a guidebook to marriage proposals for Saivite Hindus.
I chatted with Sree Sreenivasan, one of the founders of SAJA, for SAJA Radio this morning. We talked about my plans as SAJA VP, my forthcoming novel, my journalism career and its connection to my literary life, and how the media covers Sri Lanka. Listen here. You can also listen to chats with the new secretary, Anusha Srivastava, or the new president, Sandeep Junnarkar.
I thought that I should not let the formal end of the ceasefire agreement in Sri Lanka pass unmentioned. The CFA, which has been only a formality for the past couple of years anyway, concluded about a week ago. Thus, the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government return to open war. Not to mention all the other unnamed factions running around out there.
Every day, I get a Google alert for Sri Lanka, and another for Jaffna. For the past several days, the alerts have contained news of some 30 dead. It’s a low enough number to miss international headlines, but a high enough number that if it continues at this rate… it will add significantly to the thousands already listed as war casualties.
That BBC link also says, “Japan is a major donor to Sri Lanka and has hinted it might reconsider its aid package, warning of the dire humanitarian consequences of an intensified war.” I hope that other countries will follow Japan’s example of reconsidering aid, in light of the situation.
Check it out here!
I’m over on Sepia Mutiny!
I’m about to become a guest blogger on one of my favorite online reads—Sepia Mutiny! I’m excited to get back to reporting and traveling, and thrilled to be working with a great photojournalist. We depart Friday and will be gone for a couple of weeks. I’ll also make sure to add links to our Mutiny posts on this site.
Back to packing! If you’re in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, and have tips, please let me know.
Earlier this month, I opened my inbox to discover that my alma mater had announced major initiatives regarding two things I care about: South Asia and the arts. I believe the example that Harvard sets matters to higher education, and to education at large, so I was really excited to read what they had to say. Continue reading