Freethinking Stokie

A blog by a British, Pakistani, North Staffs woman providing analysis and discussion on the issues that our local media struggle with.

Indian Girl Who Fled Arranged Marriage, Becomes Millionaire Entrepreneur

‘An Indian girl who took a blind leap to escape an arranged marriage has returned home a millionaire.

In 1984, 17-year-old Chanda Zaveri¬†met a couple¬†on Park Street in Calcutta who offered her a different fate from “most Marwari girls” of her age, according to India’s Telegraph newspaper. If Zaveri found herself in Boston, they said, she would have their help.

“I had no money, just a pair of diamond earrings,” said Zaveri, whose parents had arranged her marriage. “I sold it, got myself tickets on British Airways and landed in Boston.” ‘

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Source: Huffington Post

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Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto

http://www.ted.com In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx — and shows how minority neighborhood suffer most from flawed urban policy.

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Midnight’s Children by Deepa Mehta.

Odeon Stoke does not appear to be screening this movie which makes an important contribution to the world’s understanding of the partition of India and what it meant for millions of Indians, both Hindu and Muslim.

I suggest that Stokies who wish to watch the film contact Odeon Stoke via this link. http://www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/contact_us/

You will need to select GUEST SERVICES and STOKE, provide your email and write your message.

This is one movie that all children of Indo-Pakistani immigrants to Britain need to watch. It’s also a movie that those alive at the time of the partition may wish to watch.

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Insaani Haqooq Ka Ilmi Manshoor (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Insaani Haqooq Ka Ilmi Manshoor (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in Urdu. This is a PDF file.

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A scene that many Muslim parents in Stoke need to see.

The video is in Urdu and touches upon issues such as music and Islam, double standards for men and women and the rights of Muslim women to marry whosoever they choose to marry.

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