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Archive for August, 2010

 

Privatising poverty reduction

It is clear Mechai Viravaidya still doesn’t expect much from Thailand’s politicians. In the walkway up to his lush and cosy Birds & Bees resort in Pattaya are sound bites etched in wood that read like grafitti: ‘Don’t Steal, The Government Doesn’t like Competition’, ‘Forgive the Rabbits for Digging Hole, They Are Digging for Gold, Like […]


Good job

If I wasn’t a journalist, I’d sure love to have Rohit Ranjitkar’s job. I meet Rohit amidst the scaffolded Sundari Chok at the Patan Darbar. He has a large book in one hand with original photographs, and he is directing craftsmen as they painstakingly clean and repair the historic courtyard. Sundari Chok was built by […]


Climactic change

You read about climate change, you hear about glacial retreat. But it is not until you get up in the air that you get to see for yourself how real it is. Not long ago, I had the chance to get up on Tara Air’s brand new Pilatus Porter with a Danish tv crew to […]



 

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