In Pakistan, trucks are decorated from top to bottom in elaborate, colorful designs, all made by hand. These ornate decorations can cost thousands of dollars, a major investment for truck drivers. But, many say they won’t even drive a truck unless it’s fully decorated, since this is a source of pride. (Photo: Sonia Narang)
Bhanu Bhanu Indian cuisine caters to the multi-cultural population in the San Gabriel Valley, near LA.
Bhanu Radadia (left) of Gujarat, India came to the U.S. in 1982 without speaking a word of English. She said she learned English from watching television. When word of her delicious cooking spread through LA, she went from running a small kitchen in her home to opening a busy restaurant. It now attracts customers from around the world.
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Behind the Walls Of Nepal’s Women
The World’s multimedia producer Sonia Narang is wrapping up a three-week trip to Nepal where she’s been reporting on the difficult lives of women who still abide by centuries-old traditions.
Narang takes a particular look at Nepalese pregnant women who are required to work long hours in the fields, and oversee the household chores.
It’s a very challenging life for women in general, but especially for pregnant women. I spent some time in a village in a neighboring district called Dolakha, where it’s a tradition for women to work - they have a lot of responsibilities. And even as they approach their seventh, eighth, ninth month of pregnancy, they’re doing manual labor.
Plus, in order to see the doctor or go to the hospital, they have to walk for hours up and down steep hazardous cliffs.
To get to the nearest clinic or hospital, they have to walk for hours down these rocky cliffs. You know, it’s actually considered healthy. It’s a tradition for women to work in the fields, because for centuries, the Nepalese believe that the harder a woman works while pregnant, the easier the delivery will be.
Januka, 28, due in October, spent the day working in the fields, taking care of her daughter, cooking for the family, and a worked on a side business making benches.
Narang has been posting her photos on Instagram. One of the goals of her trip was to follow up on the country’s Kumari–a girl chosen as Living Goddesses. These girls are revered and are not allowed to interact with the public other than offer blessings.
Fortunately for Narang, her frequent visits to the Kumari paid off. She was given the rare opportunity of being invited into the home of an 11 year old Living Goddess whom she met almost two years ago.
I was able to watch a Living Goddess behind the closed doors of her room, doing her homework, learning math, learning English, and today, I started showing her pictures on my iPhone.
I asked her to play the sarod, that’s a stringed instrument. And she sat down… and started playing for me. I was the first outsider to really get a look at this life behind the closed doors of her room.
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Today’s Tumble: Sonia Narang in Nepal
Today on the Tumblr we’re catching up with the travels of our multimedia producer, Sonia Narang, as she tracks down stories on maternal health and religion.
Here, Sonia films a woman named Januka, who despite being seven-months pregnant spends much of the day doing manual labor. She told Sonia that this pales in comparison to the work she did during her first pregnancy five years ago.
In the United States, even if you live in a city, you may find yourself waking to the squawk of a chicken these days. There’s something of an urban farming movement underway in America — people raising small livestock in their small yards.
Well, that’s not just happening in the US.
Regina Wangari raises livestock — chickens, rabbits, and goats — on her urban farm in a dense slum of Nairobi, Kenya. City dwellers throughout sub-Saharan Africa are taking up farming to feed their families and to make a living. Correspondent Anders Kelto met Wangari to learn about shifting attitudes toward farming in and near cities.
We’ll have his full report that explores why urban farming is on the rise in Africa soon at theworld.org. In the meantime, tell us about the farms in your neighborhood.
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