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South India calling...on the road with phones

Jane French of Toronto shares this dispatch:

     Greeting Rick and the Dispatches team:

Inspired by Rick's encouraging words to listeners to share our stories inspired by experiences in other countries, I respectfully submit the following personal essay based on a recent trip to India and the privilege of staying with our family (by marriage) in Tamil Nadu. 

India calling

It was twenty years since our first visit to India and everyone wanted to know what was the biggest change? 

Western-style toilets are more popular than two decades ago.  The price of onions is way up.  And auto rickshaws, trucks, motorbikes, buses and bullock carts now wrestle for space with SUVs and high-end imported cars.  (continues...)



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Assam, India...childbirth can be deadly here

Freelance journalist Hanna Ingber Win's photos, from the tea gardens of Assam, India. Assam has India's highest maternal mortality rate. Hanna went there to interview families who'd lost their mothers, and health care workers who try to help pregnant mothers get the medical help they need.

Link to the show Hanna's piece was part of