Absent Friends ~ The Hidden Dangers of Being an Indian Girl Mark Helyar

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Published: November 1st 2012

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Absent Friends ~ The Hidden Dangers of Being an Indian Girl  by  Mark Helyar

Absent Friends ~ The Hidden Dangers of Being an Indian Girl by Mark Helyar
November 1st 2012 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 28 pages | ISBN: | 4.13 Mb

Absent Friends [article]Absent Friends places the reality and impact of gender discrimination in the context of daily life in the Himalayan foothills, told through the stories of the girls and women who live there. From the author of Rising fromMore Absent Friends [article]Absent Friends places the reality and impact of gender discrimination in the context of daily life in the Himalayan foothills, told through the stories of the girls and women who live there.

From the author of Rising from the Dust ~ Indias Hidden Voices, it includes references and links to relevant news stories, publications and online material.According to a report published by the United Nations in 2011, an Indian girl aged 1-5 years is 75% more likely to die than an Indian boy, making this the worst differential in child mortality for any country in the world.Official data from the 2011 Census of India reveals that, despite an increase in the number of females over the last 10 years, the number of girls under the age of seven has declined.Although some commentators argue that this is due to natural changes in the demographic, the predominant causes are more likely to be female infanticide, a practice that has existed for centuries, and foeticide, a rapidly escalating social evil.

As scientific procedures for detecting the gender of a baby in the womb have improved in recent years, so the situation has worsened.In 2005, Mark Helyar travelled to India. He lived with street kids in South India, became caught up in a post-tsunami orphanage intrigue and visited some of the remote villages of the Garhwal region of the Himalayan foothills. Feeling compelled to share something of the spirit and determination of the people he met, he wrote Rising from the Dust.Seven years later, many of the issues remain pertinent.

Some have become even more pressing. So Mark decided to update and publish parts of the book as a series of articles, at the heart of which are the tales of people featured in Rising from the Dust. Absent Friends is the first of these.[article: 5,500 words]about Rising from the DustA quest for adventure becomes a labour of love as Mark Helyar gains intimate access into the heart of a society rarely experienced by the western world.Rising from the Dust is perfect preparation for gap year students, volunteers or anybody else planning to travel to India.

By raising awareness about tough issues through humour and personal anecdote, it will also appeal to anyone who wants to read ‘behind the scenes’ stories about development and education in India from the comfort of their own armchair.Praise For Rising From The Dust“Without any shadow of doubt the finest and most enjoyable piece of non-fiction that I have ever read.” Jack Kelsey, a founder trustee of SKCV, an internationally-renown project for street kids in South India.“Beautifully written, utterly compelling, this is a book about economic and educational challenges in India.

Funny and shocking in turns, its deeply honest and unpretentious. Backed up by well-researched notes, it should be compulsory reading for anyone who needs to learn gratitude for our free, accessible education system and welfare state.” Heather Tracy, London“A really great read. Very well written, readable & enjoyable.

A review of travels through India from a very personal point of view. I particularly enjoyed the mix of travel writing, history and direct contact with all levels of current Indian culture.” R Trigger, BristolOther Readers’ Comments“Insightful, inspirational, honest and entertaining”“A fascinating insight into a world I s



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