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The first time I bought chicken in America, I was mesmerized by the packing material that absorbed all the blood and fluids. I had nevr seen anything like that.

Then I cried.

I cried because my sisters in India didn't have access to such engineered materials during their menstrual cycles that at another part of the world was using for packing meat.

That was year 1990. Twenty years ago.

I know India has made a lot of progress in the area of women's hygiene but that memory troubles me deeply, and I am pretty sure a large segment of rural women all over the world have no access to the sanitary pads.

Kudos to a "mild-mannered policy wonk" Elizabeth Scharpf who decided to do something about it. See: D.I.Y. Foreign-Aid Revolution at New York Times.

DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Should be a New Mantra for India

I was raised by a DYI father -- who just liked to do everything himself, and I have great philosophical affiliation to Do-it-Yourself approach.

For years I have tried to be a catalyst of this -- should I say, American(?) -- ideal in the hope that not only people learn to help themselves, but also in the hope that people will respect others who do them. I feel that DIY is an extension of ideal Gandhi proposed and practiced (eg: cleaning your own toilet, or making your own cloth).

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Sunday, November 7, 2010
Last Modified: 11/10/2010 7:40:29 AM

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