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Post by Graham Smith » Sun May 14, 2017 9:00 pm

A dhaba is the Indian equivalent of an American truck stop or the British transport cafe, also know affectionately as a "greasy spoon" here in the UK.

Sarenga, West Bengal, India.
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Post by Duck » Sun May 14, 2017 10:55 pm

Interestingly enough, they are called "Greasy Spoons" here in the USA also. :)
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Post by Graham Smith » Mon May 15, 2017 7:43 am

Duck wrote:Interestingly enough, they are called "Greasy Spoons" here in the USA also. :)


Seeing a European with a large camera certainly caught their attention. It's not an area visited by tourists.
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Post by St3v3M » Tue May 16, 2017 4:04 am

We take so much for granted, but I wonder if we are any happier for what we have and think they don't.

Is it odd there are no women in the photo? S-
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Post by Graham Smith » Tue May 16, 2017 8:02 pm

St3v3M wrote:We take so much for granted, but I wonder if we are any happier for what we have and think they don't.

Is it odd there are no women in the photo? S-


There are plenty of women around but they do have problems in India. India as the worst G20 country in which to be a woman. Sexual harassment or "Eve teasing" as it is known, and rape are, it has to be said, commonplace as are acid attacks.

"A Thomas Reuters Foundation survey says that India is the fourth most dangerous place in the world for women to live in. Women belonging to any class, caste, creed or religion can be victims of this cruel form of violence(acid throwing) and disfigurement, a premeditated crime intended to kill or maim permanently and act as a lesson to put a woman in her place. In India, acid attacks on women who dared to refuse a man's proposal of marriage or asked for a divorce are a form of revenge. Acid is cheap, easily available, and the quickest way to destroy a woman's life. The number of acid attacks have been rising".

We visited "Sheroes Hangout" to make a donation, its a place that helps the victims of acid attacks to overcome the trauma of horrible disfigurement by giving them the means to integrate back into a normal life. The victims run a cafe and design and make clothing. It gives them purpose and confidence.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20863860
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On the left is Karen who is a palliative care nursing specialist from England, centre is Dolly an acid attack victim and on the right is my daughter the Revd. Melanie Smith who is campaigner for women's rights.
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Post by St3v3M » Tue May 16, 2017 8:06 pm

Graham Smith wrote:There are plenty of women around but they do have problems in India. India as the worst G20 country in which to be a woman. Sexual harassment or "Eve teasing" as it is known, and rape are, it has to be said, commonplace as are acid attacks.

"A Thomas Reuters Foundation survey says that India is the fourth most dangerous place in the world for women to live in. Women belonging to any class, caste, creed or religion can be victims of this cruel form of violence(acid throwing) and disfigurement, a premeditated crime intended to kill or maim permanently and act as a lesson to put a woman in her place. In India, acid attacks on women who dared to refuse a man's proposal of marriage or asked for a divorce are a form of revenge. Acid is cheap, easily available, and the quickest way to destroy a woman's life. The number of acid attacks have been rising".

We visited "Sheroes Hangout" to make a donation, its a place that helps the victims of acid attacks to overcome the trauma of horrible disfigurement by giving them the means to integrate back into a normal life. The victims run a cafe and design and make clothing. It gives them purpose and confidence.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20863860
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On the left is Karen who is a palliative care nursing specialist from England, centre is Dolly an acid attack victim and on the right is my daughter the Revd. Melanie Smith who is campaigner for women's rights.

I don't understand mean people...
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Post by Graham Smith » Tue May 16, 2017 8:40 pm

I don't understand mean people...


It needs the mean people to understand that they are mean and that being mean isn't the norm or acceptable.
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Post by minniev » Tue May 16, 2017 10:56 pm

Graham Smith wrote:A dhaba is the Indian equivalent of an American truck stop or the British transport cafe, also know affectionately as a "greasy spoon" here in the UK.

Sarenga, West Bengal, India.
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The pictures and your narrative are windows into another world for most of us.

It appears that the gentlemen in the first image are looking at you. Would that be a fair or false assumption?

Character, texture, color, story. All very interesting and poignant at the same time. Humans everywhere are both flawed and heroic.
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Post by St3v3M » Wed May 17, 2017 3:07 am

Graham Smith wrote:
I don't understand mean people...


It needs the mean people to understand that they are mean and that being mean isn't the norm or acceptable.

We still have so much to learn. S-
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