#InternationalGirlDay – India’s Red Brigade Trust Run by Child Survivors of Rape and Acid Attacks

11 October 2017 was International Girl Day. Back home in the USA girls and women fight for things like equal pay. Well, our sisters around the globe don’t always have it so easy. In India, only 11% of girls who are raped ever go on to lead ‘normal’ lives again. Almost ALL are blamed for the attack. Girls in rural areas are kicked out of the village and their family home and banished, so families can save face, while the men walk around with zero repercussions and able to do it all over again.

There is a group of very young (pre-teen – teenage) girls who started a group called Red Brigade Trust. They were all raped or victims of violence or acid attack and they are very brave. In India, girls don’t speak out about rape because that would bring shame on them and their family. But these brave girls do. If you can please donate even just $1 to their NGO they will use it to do good. (more…)

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#1 Thing I Hated About Living in India

Anyone who has visited or lived in India knows that there is one truth that must be embraced above all others >> that India is a land of contrasts. I lived there for about three years … and was subsequently blacklisted from the country like a terrorist or criminal for the next five years over a paperwork issue that they refused to correct. I’m on year four if they stick to the five year blacklisting and I’m looking forward to returning next year for a visit to see my friends and explore the country as a tourist for the first time. (more…)

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How Did I Live So Long in India? Musings from China on Women’s Personal Freedom

When I locked the door to my home in Bangalore and headed to Los Angeles for a simple visa renewal in 2013, I never dreamed that I was destined to move to China, never to walk through those doors again!  It was a series of circumstances and events that could have been prevented and that I was actually able to remedy but at the end of the day I think I knew my time in India had ended so I didn’t fight as hard as I could have to stay if my heart had really been in it.  I lived a yin and yang existence in Bangalore full of fun and friends and opportunities balanced by the worst financial hardship of my life, subjected to degrading situations as a woman and living without personal freedom.  I learned from the negatives and appreciated the positives and I genuinely thought that I was happy there.  But I was wrong. (more…)

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GUEST BLOGGER – My Mommy’s Adventures Visiting Us in Bangalore

My daughter asked if I’d like to write through her Angela’s Bangalore blog about my vacation in India.  I thought what a wonderful way to not only have a keepsake daily journal of my time here but also to share my experience here to those of you who have ever considered an off the beaten path adventure.  So here goes!!!! (more…)

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Naked IPL Truth Part 2: My Day with Delhi Daredevils White Mischief Cheerleaders in Bangalore

IPL6 is on like Donkey Kong and I am thrilled to be more involved this season than last.  Thanks to the overwhelming support of the first article I wrote about the IPL cheerleaders last year to dispel the myths and negative rumours surrounding them, many new opportunities have opened up for me and I’m having a BLAST with IPL this year.  It seems that people appreciated reading the real stories of the lives of these girls and that not everyone wants to see naughty or flirty pics of the girls. (more…)

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