Quote of the Day

“We don’t want you to respect us only because we are women. We are demanding the ability, space and freedom to earn that respect.”

– Indian actor Sushmita Sen

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Yercaud: Jewel of the South (India)

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5 Questions with Suma Rajeev — Special Associate, State Bank of India 
Q: Where do you go to unwind?
A: Yercaud in Tamil Nadu. It’s usually called the poor man’s Ooty. It’s cheaper and less commercial. It’s also more easily reachable when compared to
other hill stations in South India.
Q: What do you like most about Yercaud?
A: It’s calmer and less crowded. It’s the perfect place to relax. I would love to go to
Yercaud whenever I feel like taking a break from my busy life.
Q: Where can one go for a good meal in Yercaud?
A: Good vegetarian meals are available at Hotel Saravana Bhavan at very reasonable
prices. Then there are Hotel Tamil Nadu and Eggetarian; both offer good food.
Q: What do you shop for?
A: I don’t find anything special in Yercaud to buy other than the usual stuff found in hill
stations — oils, perfumes, flowers, homemade chocolates, etc.
Q: Do you have a good memory to share about Yercaud with us?
A: My husband and I have gone there twice. Our first long trip after owning a car was to
Yercaud. My kids were very excited about the journey at the time. The casual drives
through the woods were very enjoyable. Our second trip was a few weeks ago. We went
without the children and found the place as fresh as the first time we visited.
How to reach Yercaud: The nearest airport to Yercaud is Salem Airport. It is also accessible by rail (Salem Junction) and road (Salem Town).

Time.

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time blurs everything. from failed love stories and cut-up egos to shifting loyalties and mindless passion. Here’s a blurry image then of a young Indian girl. She sells stars caged in balloons the size of her big white eyes. couldn’t click in time…it blurs everything…time.

Women’s Wall Campaign

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Women marching as part of Kerala’s women’s wall campaign against male domination and religious subjugation…

Women from all over the world are invited to participate in this highly politicized campaign, which emerged after the highest court in India lifted an age-old custom that banned fertile women from entering a hill temple in Kerala.

Hundreds of men and women lit lamps in protest and many petitions have been filed urging the court to rethink its verdict.

Society stands divided today with many women standing for and against the verdict. Politicians have jumped in and the state – recovering from recent floods – seems to be on the edge at all times with protest marches and strikes.

The Women’s Wall campaign will be held on January 1. Good Luck, Kerala.