April 12, 2015 § Leave a comment
I’ve been terrible at blogging lately- luckily it’s because I’ve been working on a lot of new and exciting things!
I started another blog during a five month stint in Asia last Winter – http://www.travellisttheworld.wordpress.com . Backpacking is a unique situation- sharing dorm rooms with strangers, exploring together and building memories in an environment free of responsibility and stress lends itself to creating intense bonds with people of all lifestyles. I asked each of my subjects to write me a list of their choice. Because of the freedom given to us by our environment, my subjects felt able to share with me lists that might not ordinarily be shared between strangers.
Ten Reasons for Life Without Heroin
1. My relationship with my mum
3. I’m able to save money
5. I can socialise without having to be high
6. More free time
8. I don’t live in fear
9. I’m able to help others
Ten Reasons I Don’t Want to Go Home
Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka
1. I love travelling
2. The cultural side
3. I have hardly any friends living at home anymore
5. How expensive it is
8. Dirty drugs
10. So far away from my friends in St Ives
I’m hoping to keep the project going and publish it in book or magazine format, so please check back for updates.
January 13, 2014 § 2 Comments
Today is Lohri, a Punjabi celebration. Lighting a fire and waving phallic vegetables around it; forget what Wikipedia tells you about it being a celebration of winter solstice. Lohri is a time to celebrate your sons. Having a son is probably the greatest achievement in the wider Indian culture; if you manage it, you’ve basically succeeded in life. This brilliantly ludicrous attitude has caused the lowest ratio of females to males in India since records began.
Well, screw you, Lohri. We’re turning you on your head. We’re celebrating Lohri for my beautiful niece, Siyaan. She deserves to be celebrated just as much as any other child. For how can we expect our girls to prosper if we stunt their growth from the beginning?
We’re celebrating life. Real, meaningful life, not just how many sons you have. We’re celebrating Indian men and women making their mark on careers, travel, family, friends, hobbies, food, art.
Happy Lohri! Join us and celebrate Lohri for your daughters as well as sons.