Archive for February, 2010

Love and Sex in India: Why Some Indian Men Can’t Take a Hint

Posted on February 14, 2010, by Hanna Ingber, under Culture, India, International, women.

Here’s my GlobalPost article on courting cultural differences in India. Ask just about any foreign woman here about her experiences with Indian men, and she’ll go into a long diatribe about these guys who call and call and call. And call. What some consider flirting, others perceive as harassment or even virtual stalking. Here’s my look at why it happens.

MUMBAI, India — Cristiana Peruzzo, 35, describes herself as a short, slim, relatively plain looking Italian woman. “I like myself,” she says, “but I don’t consider myself a sex bomb.”

She would date in Italy, but she never got a tremendous amount of attention.

Then she moved to Mumbai.

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Indian Widows Struggle After Farmer Suicides

Posted on February 9, 2010, by Hanna Ingber, under India, International, women.

Here is my GlobalPost story on how farmer suicides in India affect the women left behind. Ujwala Karmejh lost her husband then subsequently her child, land, source of income and all control over her life.

AMRAVATI, India — Once a month Ujwala Karmejh pulls together her savings and splurges on a 60-rupee ($1.30), round-trip bus ticket.

Wearing a sari and red bindi on her forehead, Ujwala takes the bus past the open fields growing cotton, soya beans and lentils; the baby goats grazing on the side of the road; the old men with deeply engraved wrinkles driving oxcarts; and the bright blue tents housing migrant workers who have traveled to central India to work in the fields. After 45 minutes, Ujwala reaches Shirasgaon village and her target: her 4-year-old daughter, Jagruti.

In 2007, Ujwala’s husband faced so much hardship and debt as a farmer that he committed suicide. Ujwala and her daughter, like thousands of families of farmer suicide victims in India each year, now struggle to manage in the shadow of his death. Life for them has only gotten harder.

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