Articles about India

Shangri-La in India’s Hill Station Country

Published on Apr 12, 2018 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

Visiting India over many years I have seen most of the country’s highlights, but I never experienced a famous hill station reminiscent of the British Raj. However, after a recent visit to Chennai, I was fortunate to discover a charming boutique bed and breakfast called Clive and Curzon a short flight away in the heart of the Nilgiris hills.

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Nandini Azad – A Model for Social Performance

Published on Dec 12, 2011 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

A special pleasure for me at the 2011 microcredit summit in Spain was spending time with Nandini Azad, one of the current powerhouses in the Indian anti-poverty movement, who has distinguished herself for path-breaking grassroots development not only in India but also in several other countries.

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In Conversation with Ela Bhatt of SEWA

Published on Jan 14, 2011 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

In a small house in Hamilton Ontario, I was sipping an Indian soup with Ela Bhatt, founder of the one-million-strong Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India.

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Microcredit Suicides in Andhra Pradesh

Published on Dec 09, 2010 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

Cooperatives run by women are the way to protect marginalized Indian women from the worst aspects of the commercialization of microcredit, says SEWA leader Ela Bhatt and Indian development volunteer Vithal Rajan.

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Jasmine and Sugar Cane

Published on Nov 15, 2010 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

In 2005 I let my imagination fly with a short story set in both India and Montreal. It appeared late in 2005 in The Little Magazine, a literary journal published in Delhi.

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Healers of the Mentally-Ill Homeless in Chennai

Published on Nov 08, 2010 by Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos

At the end of my first trip to India I went to Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat hoping to do research on the Self Employed Women’s Association but instead I ended up in the middle of mob violence by Hindus against Muslims. In my book, see chapter 9 - Into the Inferno.

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