Arts & Culture

27/04/15 Arts & Culture

How you can help the earthquake relief effort in Nepal and India

This weekend brought news of the terrible devastation caused by the earthquake in Nepal and India. We at Southern Crossings send our condolences and support to the individuals and families affected by this tragedy in South Asia.

Below is a list of links to aid organisations supporting the relief effort. Please note: Southern Crossings does not receive funding from any of the organisations listed below. This list is not exhaustive and has not been vetted by us. Please use your discretion when making donations.
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21/04/15 Arts & Culture , Australia , Diaspora & Travel , Society & Politics # , , , , , , ,

Are We Legit?

Are We Legit?

By Roanna Gonsalves

One rainy Mumbai day, sitting in an Udipi restaurant, chai cup in hand, I told a dear friend I would soon leave for Australia.

“I’ll never leave India and be a second class citizen in another country”, my friend said. My chai turned colder and a crinkly skin formed on its surface.

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18/04/15 Arts & Culture , Australia

Cultural Informant

Cultural Informant

By Sukhmani Khorana

You expected me
And of me
To know and to explain
Or perhaps to reinforce what you knew. Continue reading

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18/04/15 Arts & Culture

Handling admission anxieties and other lessons from ‘Ramadhanu’

Handling admission anxieties and other lessons from ‘Ramadhanu’

By Meeta Chatterjee Padmanabhan

As a teacher who has spent more than three and a half decades in schools and universities, I get really excited when popular films take on an aspect of education as its central theme. When Indian films do this, despite their various shortcomings (and the song and dance) I begin to gain faith in films as tools of mass instruction. For example, Aamir Khan’s treatment of dyslexia in Tare Zameen Par was a heart rending exploration of the topic that brought this misunderstood learning disorder to public attention in the most affirming way. Continue reading

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