Locals in Varanasi are happy. “There is a lot of difference when we see the water of the Ganga river today and what used to be earlier. Today, the water looks clean. One of the biggest reasons behind this is that today all factories are closed. People are not taking bath at the ghats. If this is the condition in 10 days, then I believe Ganga river will be like it used to be earlier,” one local said. Another one added: “The water in the Ganga river has become clean during the lockdown. Nobody must have thou
I took a run the other morning. It was still and quiet, but I was surprised to see how many people were up, about, and still working in a city in which “non-essential workers” have been told to stay-at-home. I saw bus drivers and taxi drivers, who may have taken some of those hospital workers to their fourteen-hour shifts, along with stock workers and cashiers who work in stores, so we can still buy food, milk, bread, and coffee. I saw truck drivers steering rigs with pictures of fruits, vegetable and meat
You might think it’s strange, but I chose having an arranged marriage in the midst of an era with dating apps like Tinder. And I love my husband. Generally people find it hard to reconcile these two things. When I turned 24, my parents decided that it was time they made ‘arranging a daughter’s marriage’ […]
In Puerto Rico we used three clear approaches to feed our fellow Americans that can be a guide to heading off an economic and food crisis today:
— Support the private sector as quickly as possible when the economy crashes, as it did after Maria: activate kitchens with federal dollars to serve the people.
— Repurpose and deploy community facilities, while expanding their mission: use the kitchens in schools and arenas to feed more people, more quickly.
— Solve the informational and logistical challenge: Matching demand and supply — by getting food to the people who need it most — is even more challenging than cooking in a crisis. Distribution is the Achilles’ heel of any disaster response.
Toss, and turn. There is a virus lurking around you. Can you see it? No, you can’t of course. But you can feel it. It’s in your mind, eating into your grey cells. You block your mind to this panic. But as you glide into your sleep, you see it there, in your dreams, waiting […]
Obviously it is nothing to downplay – hundreds of thousands infected, thousands of deaths, and an enormous impact to global economy is nothing to scoff at. The social distancing, cancellation of sporting events, bans on group gatherings, and lock-downs are bringing industries like travel and entertainment to their knees. If we thought social media was making us lonely, guess what social distancing and Self Isolation are going to do…
Yes, there are some silver linings – reduced pollution, increased family time, a lasting change in the way you work, etc. But there are a few professions which are not ideally suited to work-from-home, social-distancing, including mine – Sales!
Judaism understands that community is defined as 10 people — a minyan — the minimum number of people required for certain religious obligations, including worship. Jews are obligated to be in physical proximity to each other for prayer, including the worship leader. So in the age of COVID-19, if you are required not to be near people, how do communities do communal worship?
The simple answer is you lean heavily on technology and the ability to stream worship online or record worship and post it online later. At Temple Shalom we livestream our worship every week, adding online viewers to our onsite community. For the next few weeks, our worship team will be leading services, albeit to an empty sanctuary, as we livestream only.
Pranoti Nagarkar looks across the kitchen counter at her partner Rishi Israni. Gosh they had come a long way. 2008 was a distant memory when they had fought about who was going to make the hot roti flatbread for dinner. 916 more words
Do you favour lightness or weight in your life? Reading this book will help you find out. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera rekindled my love of reading for pleasure. I had the pleasure of being leant this book by the intelligent, (slightly off kilter), yet respectable mother of one of my best […]