Rural affairs journalist P. Sainath wins Ramon Magsaysay award
“A backbencher was one day introduced to a teacher who spoke of farmers, caste, democracy, rural India, education, Dalits – words that were selectively erased from most city bred students. Instead daily life distractions would conveniently substitute the deeper realities. After being used to having everything done for you, you just stop looking, hearing, thinking, feeling …comfortably NUMB!”
This teacher, P. Sainath was recently named as a Ramon Magsaysay awardee, for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts, August 2007. Ekta Mittal, a former student of P. Sainath reminisces his lectures at Sophia's, Mumbai. Read the complete article here
Harivihar heritage homestead :
Harivihar homestead is a 150 year old heritage property built by the Kadathunad royal family located in Calicut, the oldest city in Malabar. It is now restored as a homestay where a discerning traveler learns to discover the goodness of ayurveda, the age old system of Indian medicine. Harivihar has also received the Green Leaf accreditation, the highest honor from the Government of Kerala for authentic Ayurveda.
Apart from ayurveda, guests can also practice Yoga and get a real insight into the Kerala culture and its traditions and cuisine. This property is the perfect destination where you can pause and reflect your daily life and restore the harmony and balance of your inner rhythms.
Harivihar offers their guests the unparalleled experience of living in a heritage homestay surrounded by a verdant and serene landscape. Short drives take you to the beautiful Malabar beaches and the green hills that are excellent for relaxing walks.
Harivihar is a property that shows once again that simple changes can make a huge difference for the local environment. Read more about the property here
“Civil war mars development of tourism in Sri Lanka”- Interview with ICEI team Srilanka -
Istituto Cooperazione Economica Internazionale (ICIE) sent its local partners in Sri Lanka to visit various locations in Kerala to understand the different models of Tourism Management that operate there. They visited project areas managed by private initiatives as well as public private partnerships. Giuseppe Busalacchi, Coordinator of ICEI, Sri Lanka and Irshad Mohamed, Project Leader, ICEI, speaks to The Blue Yonder(TBY) on their experiences and observations on the study trip organised by TBY.
TBY: Can you give us a brief introduction of ICEI?
Giuseppe: Started as a centre for research and training, ICEI has been extensively active for over 20 years in sensibilization on international issues, at both local and national levels. ICEI created a platform to address cross-cultural divisions, international relations, management of natural resources, international markets, debt, ethics and economics, women’s conditions, globalization, etc.
Read the full interview here
Tigers of Sunderbans: A travelogue
What fascinated us the most was the "presence" of the tiger in its "absence". In the two days we spent exploring the Sunderbans, we weren't lucky enough to see a Tiger. But the omnipotent presence of the tiger was written all over the Sunderbans.
Legends, folklore, images, memories and experiences of the poor people of Sunderbans had "tiger" written all over the place. Even though you know that it is not that common to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger in the mangrove habitat, some where in the corner of your mind, you are tempted to turn your head to the corner of the narrow creek looking for the big cat! Read the complete article here
TBY launching social networking on Face Book:
The Blue Yonder is setting up a Social Networking Group on Facebook. It’s been collective thoughts from many individuals from all over the world that ignited many ideas in our work on Responsible Tourism in India.
We believe in the synergy created by the meeting of minds to evolve as change makers. Idea of this group is to bring together those who have interacted with us in various capacities and for those who want to stay in touch with the movement that is being built around the concept of responsibility in tourism.
There is a lot that travelers and industry can do together to make this world a better place to live and visit. Through this group we believe that we can share ideas, learn about new destinations, network and support. Face book offers excellent functionality; clean interface and its very user friendly. The best part of all this: we can remain friends through the group.
We look forward to seeing you on the Face Book group of The Blue Yonder. If you already have a face book account, please see the details of The Blue Yonder group here. If you are new to Face Book, then please create one here and join The Blue Yonder group.