Thursday, March 29, 2007

God men!

Dear Students
India has often been portrayed as a land of mystical, charismatic, strange god men..
During Hippie movement and even later, many western tourist came to India looking for men and women of realization. Many went away disappointed. Many, including Indians, think that it is just a touristy gimmick. Many people know what qualities a God man should have. But few know, the qualities you yourself should have, if you ever go on such an expedition. I came across this small but telling story; Interestingly, writer is from west- not India! Good read!
Here is the link:

Keep your search on!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Tonight's meeting

Hi guys,

Tonight's meeting agenda:

- Inquiry proposals (please come with them FINISHED)
- Selecting next year's trip coordinators
- Learning how to use the SIHI blog page
- Figuring out all your trekking/core module supplies
- Answering any questions you may have from last week's "Cultural Sensitivity 101" session
- Maybe some Hindi lessons... if there's time!

See you tonight - MUSC 220!


passport number!

Dear students
To apply for permission to visit Jakhadhar, which is under Chakrata Tehsil, we need promptly:
Name, sex, age, passport number (that's all; not visa details at this point)

So far, I have received this info for 6 :

Please help Robyn pass this info ASAP..

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Great! It worked!

Hello All,

OK, that posting has worked! Now I can start posting messages for you.

Don't forget the immunization clinic next Saturday at 10 am at the West End Clinic, 690 Main st West. Come in the patient entrance off Macklin street. (The Main st entrance will be locked). If you can't make it on Sat, make an appt with me at the office for an alternate time (905-521-5015)

Karen T-K

Hello from Karen T-K

Hello All,

This is a test message to see if I can get this system to work...have not used a blog before!

It will be a useful forum for me to post info for you.

Karen Trollope-Kumar

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Pot pourri

Friends, I recently came across a very good article on evolution of brain. This theme has always fascinated me. I have put up the whole article as a PDF file and the link is at the bottom. Here is the intro from the write up itself, to get you going:
"Can the mind change the Brain?
Latest Research in Brain Plasticity Suggests Potential for Continuous Brain Development Through Life-
By Sharon Begley Wall Street Journal..."

If you have any problem accessing it, please let me know.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

An interesting article on life in Himalaya

Guys- It is so easy to put a page up on the web and then forget all about it..
I just saw a write up by Vinai Bhagirath (sihi 2002); it is interesting:

"In the morning, we ate khir and chappatis with khoya. The grandmother of the family was roasting salt to give to the buffalos. She said if the salt wasn't roasted, the buffaloes may catch cold/fall sick.

We left Kuini at 8:30, climbed for several hours in thick mist (visibility about 20m) and arrived at a huge bugyal known as Maatya in which there were hundreds of sheep and some shepherds, a small shelter, small cairns and a mandir..."

Please read the complete article- replete with such small, strange but insightful observations - made thru Canadian eyes..

happy reading!

Friday, March 2, 2007

Guys- Milli Gazzette is an e-magazine taking up issues of Indian Muslims- a large presence in almost every part of the country. The magazine often provides an interesting perspective.. Here are three interesting articles, which will help you to understand the diversity, this country presents:
1. Examining the Religion Building Enterprise

AMU Students Union condemns the decision of an Iraqi Tribunal

Don't We Muslims Need Some Self-Assessment?

Happy reading..

India's nutritional crisis

Friends, here is something on nutritional status..
"The fact sheets of the third round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-III), conducted in 29 States in 2005-2006, indicate that the health and nutrition status of India's women and children is in vast and systemic crisis. At the all-India level, 45.9 per cent of children below the age of three — that is, about 45 million little girls and boys — are underweight or malnourished in terms of the standard weight-for-age criterion. The corresponding proportion in 1998-99 was 46.7 per cent. The change over the intervening seven years in this key indicator of child malnutrition has thus been negligible. Among married women in the 15-49 age group, the prevalence of anaemia has risen from 51.8 per cent in 1998-99 to 56.1 per cent in 2005-06. No less than 57.9 per cent of pregnant women suffer from anaemia, which has also risen among children aged 6 to 36 months — 79 per cent were anaemic in 2005-06 compared with 74.2 per cent in 1998-99. There are of course wide variations across States in both levels and trends in indicators of health and malnutrition. While Punjab and Kerala report the lowest proportion of underweight children (27 per cent and 28.8 per cent respectively), in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh more than 59 per cent of children below the age of three were underweight. Child malnutrition has actually risen in seven States, most rapidly in Madhya Pradesh and Haryana..."

For more see: