Children in Goma

Today I crossed the border from Gisenyi on Lake Kivu into Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of the first sights I saw were large UN and Red Cross vehicles. The Indian Army, via the UN, was out in full force. And the terrain changed drastically. The city and its surroundings are covered  … Read more


Posted: August 28th 2009 None

The Gender Issue

In Rwanda, everyone walks.  They walk to school, they walk to work, they walk to the well to refill their plastic yellow jugs, they walk to the market, they walk to the fields.  In hours of driving through urban and rural areas, I have yet to see a stretch of road without activity.  And today  … Read more


Posted: August 25th 2009 2

Listen and You Shall Hear

Yesterday I visited the Genocide Memorial Centre in Kigali.  I had heard much about the disturbing videos they show, of the rooms full of pictures of the dead, of the skulls and bones in glass cases.  However, the most chilling moment for me was walking through an exhibit which showcased children who died doing the  … Read more


Posted: August 23rd 2009 1

The Supermarket Test

Today I was awoken by a symphony of birds chirping, I couldn’t make out how many but while I was sitting in a tiny restaurant garden eating lunch I counted no less than 8 different types of birds (and a couple chameleons climbing trees).  It was literally music to my ears, against a silent backdrop.   … Read more


Posted: August 21st 2009 None

Greetings from Kigali

Just arrived a couple hours ago in Kigali, Rwanda.  It’s my first time back in Africa since 1999, when I lived in Dar es Salaam for a summer training women entrepreneurs. As soon as I disembarked from the plane and inhaled the earthy African air, I felt a rush of excitement for the adventure to  … Read more


Posted: August 20th 2009 1

a new dawn…

A year ago, I registered this domain with the intent of starting a blog but life intervened and I never got around to it.  Back then I don’t think any of us could have envisioned the different reality we live in today.  Since the beginning days of the financial crisis I have maintained that the  … Read more


Posted: August 2nd 2009 None

NYC and Tech: Perfect Together

In my years in and out of New York City, I have never been more bullish on the entrepreneurial climate in the technology sector here than I am now. Before I get responses detailing the myriad of challenges the city faces in the wake of this financial calamity: I know the city is undergoing a  … Read more


Posted: April 9th 2009 1