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A Meditative Sitar Performance

A Meditative Sitar Performance

Nidhi Jaltare, Staff Reporter

March 1, 2018

Sounds of the sitar resonated through Kimball Theatre as Whitman professor J.J. Gregg gave a performance on Friday, Feb. 23. The concert, part of the Whitman Music Department’s “Fridays at Four” series, brought an excellent opportunity to hear such an instrument to campus, and audience members...

Poor school bathroom sanitation an obstacle to educating Indian girls

Poor school bathroom sanitation an obstacle to educating Indian girls

Hillary Smith

October 23, 2014

Recently, I watched a news segment on MSNBC that discussed the problem of poor sanitation in girls' bathrooms in many schools in India. The reporter visited one school in New Delhi, where the girls' toilet facilities are rudimentary and filthy––consisting of holes in the ground, grimy floors, mosquitoes...

What I Ate Abroad in Northern India

What I Ate Abroad in Northern India

Shelly Le

December 9, 2013

I am forever in search of the perfect, steaming and sweet cup of Indian tea –– sweet, sticky and altogether not healthy for my sugar levels. A mixture of green cardamom pods, peppercorns, fennel seeds and ginger are added to milk and water and brought to a rolling boil. Once boiled, black tea leaves ...

Week in Review: February 10, 2013

Shelly Le

February 10, 2013

Welcome to our third edition of the Week in Review! Each week, the news staff of The Pioneer brings you a list of the top national and international stories from the past week. If you want to know what you've missed, read on. And don't worry-we've linked to longer articles on each subject if you d...

Analyzing women’s (mal)nourishment in Sikkim

Shelly Le

October 31, 2012

Indian food is delicious, there's simply no argument against it. Naan, dal (lentils), rice, paneer (cheese with the consistency of tofu), chana (chickpeas), and chapatti (flatbread) are all yummy and nutritious in varied quantities. Yet in spite of India's rich food culture, the percentage of malnourished...

The fight continues

Shelly Le

October 19, 2012

I have a confession to make. Honestly, it's embarrassing and I'm ashamed to have felt this way: A little over two years ago, before I went to college, I would never have called myself a feminist. I imagined feminists to be crazy women protesting abstract wrongs in society that just didn't exist....

For the love of India

Shelly Le

September 30, 2012

Even though I've attended Whitman for a little over two years now, I still seriously question the practicality of a liberal arts education within today's world. I often have moments of terror as to where my politics/sociology degree will take me after I'm beyond the walls of "Whitman's bubble". Despite...

Running expectations

Shelly Le

September 9, 2012

Have you ever had a dream where you're running but not running fast enough? The other day I was standing in a bazaar in Jaipur Old City when a man bumped into my backpack and took off running. My first thought: "Why is he running?" I finally made the connection between the bump and his run-he had ta...

Jaipur traffic: ‘No problem’

Jaipur traffic: ‘No problem’

Shelly Le

September 4, 2012

Namaste from Jaipur! It's been a little over a week since I've arrived in India but I couldn't possibly sum up my experience in one blog post. Jaipur architecture is breathtaking, traffic is chaotic, the food is delicious, and Indian mornings feel like a fantasy in comparison to the hot and humid...

7000 Miles, 4 Months, 1 Suitcase: An Introduction

Helen Angell

August 26, 2012

Hindi textbooks? Yes. Malaria meds? Yes. Gifts for host family? Yes. Cell phone charger? Sh*t. Where did I put it? I don't notice how tightly my back and shoulders have tensed until I finish zipping up the suitcase. I begin to feel my heart beat faster, and before I can sit down and take a breath, i...

75 percent nervousness

Shelly Le

August 26, 2012

It's time. I'm going to India! I can hardly believe it. I feel as though I've spent the past year hopping from place to place––from Walla Walla, Seattle and Los Angeles. But now that I'm finally comfortably settled in at my parents' home in Salt Lake City, the thought of leaving the known for another...

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