The colonial legacy in Sri Lanka requires a lot of time to get one’s head around, but as a traveller in this day and age, it’s certainly important to know why your fellow passengers speak English as well as you do.… Read More Sri Lanka’s colonial legacy of trains, tea and the Queen’s English
From just about every job I’ve ever had in community development, it becomes more and more obvious that the answer to many problems is systems change.… Read More What’s the best way to deal with children and begging in poor countries?
When I told my family that I was going to India for a few weeks, they couldn’t imagine why I was choosing to go to such a poor and dirty place where children begged for money on the streets. My dentist, who was Vietnamese like us, also had a less than encouraging reaction on my… Read More Conversations on New Delhi’s tourist trail
For the longest time I felt like writer was a title I had to earn by writing a book…something worthy, something BIG. I’ve been writing for more than ten years, mostly articles and short pieces, but I would describe what I do as a verb (“I write”) rather than as a noun (“I’m a writer”). But… Read More Yep, I’m a writer