Two From South Asia

Asia 2006 523

Whew, it’s been a whirlwind of a month. A week in Toronto touristing around with my nieces. Also enjoying the final days of summer (now that summer has arrived .. it’s been a very cool summer here in southern Ontario)

And in between all the vacationing, I’ve managed to produce another podcast AND write a couple of articles for fellow travellers’ websites (more about that in the next post)

First news: The Podcast. In 2006, I had the great pleasure to travel to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka to produce documentaries for the radio/podcast series The Green Planet Monitor. On Episode 6 of The Roaming Ear, I play two of my favourite docs —

a) how the harvesting of medicinal herbs in South Asia is generating health and profits for some of the continent’s poorest people.
b) a celebration of Dasain, Nepal’s highest holidays at Falcha, a local gathering place for social change.

These documentaries have special resonance for me right now .. in August of 2006, I was getting ready for the big trip. Wish I was going back THIS September!

Organizations/issues mentioned in this podcast (with links)

South Asia Partnership – a social development organization with branches throughout South Asia
Falcha – A meeting centre for social development in Patan City, Nepal
Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Program in Asia – The International Development Research Centre in Ottawa was a partner in the Aromatic Plants Program in Asia.
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development – a major partner in the Aromatic Plants Program.
Mitracure – Ayurvedic Health Centre in Kerala

The Green Planet Monitor