‘Falling out of the sky’

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I’ve written the short essay below for the photographer William Kelly’s section of the forthcoming Ingrained exhibition. It begins tomorrow and runs until the 28th of May in Moxie studios, Dublin. I recommend you go along if you’re in town and for those who can’t, check out Kelly’s work here (that’s one of his photographs below, from the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda). It gave me an opportunity to write about W.H. Auden and one of my favourite painters Pieter Bruegel the Elder but more importantly to write about an exceptional rising talent here and now.

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Alternate Visions: Some Musings on Diversity in SF

Antariksh Yatra

I was recently in the remote Alaskan town of Barrow for an academic project.  Barrow is profoundly different from any place I have been: at 71.3 N latitude, it perches at the edge of the Arctic Ocean.  During April, when I visited, the ocean is frozen as far as you can see.  The tundra is white and flat, and there is no vegetation.  Most of the people who live there are Inupiat Eskimos.  It is as far removed as you can imagine from Delhi, where I grew up, or for that matter, Boston, near which city I now reside.

I was wandering through the bright hallways of Ilisagvik college in Barrow, looking for someone with whom I hoped to speak, when I found an efficient young administrative assistant.  She assured me she would find the person I was seeking, and took my name down.  As is usual in…

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Photography with Love and Dignity

LAURA COOK PHOTOGRAPHY

What the poor need most is not pity but love. They need to feel respect for their human dignity, which is neither less nor different from the dignity of any other human being.

(Mother Teresa)

Khadisara (age 13 in this image) is NOT just a girl living in poverty. She is a helpful girl who cares deeply for her mother and does all she can to support her younger sisters. She is a girl that did not want to pose with a cheesy smile. It wasn't 'her'. She is a girl that wanted to share her story. (Taken in 2012 for All We Can in Nepal) Khadisara (age 13 in this image) is NOT just a girl living in poverty. She is a helpful girl who cares deeply for her mother and does all she can to support her younger sisters. She is a girl that did not want to pose with a cheesy smile. It wasn’t ‘her’. She is a girl that wanted to share her story. (Taken in 2012 for All We Can in Nepal)

I do not photograph ‘the poor’. I photograph people. Some of these people happen to live in poverty, some sadly live in extreme poverty. I agree with Mother Teresa, ‘the poor’ do not need pity, they need love. We all do don’t we? We…

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Learning from Entrepreneurs Who Have “Been There”

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

One way to test the waters of entrepreneurship is to talk with people who have started a business. Where better to get advice, technical help or a real-life perspective than from entrepreneurs who have lived through the startup process?

Social media provides plenty of opportunities to find entrepreneurial types who enjoy helping others. This week, I hosted an online interview about my book, Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40. The interview was for Yabbly, an “Ask Me Anything” site where readers can find interviewees of interest and ask them questions about, well, anything.

While interview hosts come from all walks of life, a large percentage of them are entrepreneurs, career changers or others connected to business. The interviews aren’t in real time but readers who ask questions usually get answers from the hosts within a few hours.

Here are five Yabbly interviews that readers of…

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