Archive for the ‘Women’s movement’ Category

Call the Midwife!

Is the Title of a BBC drama about a woman who is a midwife in the East End of London in the 1950s and based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth.

I was curious if it would make it to the US airwaves given it deals with two no-nos in US politics–woment’s health and nationalised health care.  According to this website, it sounds unlikely.  And given that the repubnlicans are waging a war on women’s reproductive rights, that is yet another no-no.

One can’t have a show on TV praising “socialised medicine” and talking about women’s reproductive issues.

Even though US’s Public Broadcasting pretends to be a true Public Broadcasting service, it is still beholdent to the commercial interests which can stifle information and debate. The problem is that while there may be no governmental intereference in the markertplace of ideas, there certainly is private censorship,

Still, this is a series which should be seen by people in the US for precisely the above reasons. Why are these topics taboo in a society which is allegedly free?

People in the US can probably find this online for download if they know the right places to look. I am a strong believer in the region free DVD player jsut for the ability to break down the international barriers to information.

I can add that the book and audiobook are available for sale in the US.

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What a Drag!

Daniel Craig once again proves he is a brilliant actor in this advert for international Women’s day

“So are we equals? Until the answer is yes we must never stop asking.”

See also:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/07/james-bond-video-womens-day?CMP=EMCGT_080311&

Weird question about Lijjat Papadums


Okee Dokee, I’m prepping the papadums for tonight’s dinner (can’t have curry without papadums). Lately, I’ve been buying this brand (Lijjat) for various reasons.

The thing is that I have never figured out why they have a rabbit on the package other than its their brand mascot. But, why a rabbit? It’s not really what I think in regard to the Sub-Continent: Especially the plush toy one Lijjat uses. Actually, the Lijjat Papadum mascot is a ventriloquist’s (Ramdas Padhye) dummy, not a plush toy.

Can anyone solve this mystery surrounding the Lijjat Papadum packaging? What is going on here? I mentioned that cultures with low literacy use pictures of the product, but this makes no sense in relation to that concept.

There is somewhat of an answer here.

Lijjat was the brain child of seven semi-literate Gujarati housewives from Mumbai who wanted to start a venture to create a sustainable livelihood using the only skill they had i.e. cooking. Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, popularly known as Lijjat, is an Indian women’s organization involved in manufacturing of various consumer goods (primarily food). The organization’s main objective is empowerment of women by providing them employment opportunities. Started in 1959 with a seed capital of Rs. 80, Lijjat today has an annual turnover of around Rs. 500 (Rs. 5 billion), with Rs. 250 in exports and provides employment to around 42,000 employees. Lijjat is head quartered in Mumbai and has 67 branches and 35 divisions all over India.

BTW, the easiest way to cook papadums is to brush them with vegatable oil, let them sit for at least 30 minutes, then pop them into the microwave. Mine takes 40 seconds to cook them, but cooking times may vary. It’s a whole lot easier than frying the things.

Note: This is Ramdas Padhye’s response to my letter:

Sorry for the delay in reply. I started performing my shows on T.V. in 1972 when television started in Mumbai. My character “Bunny” the rabbit was popular as I use to perform it on T.V. as well as in many stage shows. Hence the Lijjat Papad guys wanted to use it. The advertisement is shot in 1980’s, but is still running on many T.V. channels in India.

Regards
Ramdas Padhye

So, that’s the explanation.