Personal reflections

Smart phones, smarter reporting?

 They're everywhere, and almost everyone has one. Perhaps even your grandmother.

It's no secret that smart phones have changed the way journalists work.

It has also changed the way the public can engage with mainstream media, or produce their own content.

Anyone with a smart phone can upload their "cats behaving badly" videos to You Tube, but the smart phone revolution has also played a crucial role in defending the rights of the oppressed.

Capture and upload - it's never been easier.

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An Atlas of Difficult Longing

An Atlas of Difficult Longing

 

They met and got close while in college in Bangalore, a buzzing metropolis in Southern India. There was a period of long-distance courtship too, before a hush-hush commitment ceremony strangely naive, even out of place transpired eight years later. Smruthi Narayan was coming around to say ‘I do’ in the privacy of a farm in the city’s outskirts to Swetha Pai.

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From Hong Kong to Minnesota - in 21 years

When you are in Minnesota in late August or early September, you go to the State Fair. So off I went and had Sweet Martha’s cookies, fried pickles, milk shake – and a photo with a cow.

That photo turned out to be important. I posted it on Facebook and people found it entertaining and we all had good fun with it. But that photo also connected me with an old friend of mine.

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The Somali Shopping Mall

The Somali Shopping Mall

You can’t say you know a city if you don’t talk to the variety of folks who live in it. So, in the middle of the intense debate that Donald Trump brought to the table about immigrants, I told my host family Bob and Leaetta that I would like to know more about the Somali community living in Minneapolis. They did a research and found a recent Star Tribune article written by Adam Belz, about the largest Somali mall in the Twin Cities, located in Karmel Square. 

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