Tiffin Wallah


I had lunch with Iain today at Tiffin Wallah, a new Indian restaurant on 28th Street in Curry Hill.

Tiffin Wallah translates as – one who carries the box. Tiffin is an old English word for a light lunch, and also the name of the multi-compartment metal lunch box that carries it. Tiffin Wallahs originated over a century ago when the many Indians working for British companies disliked the food served at work. Tiffin service was created to bring home cooking to the workplace.

Six dollars for the all-you-can-eat vegetarian lunch buffet, a gorgeous spread curry, two kinds of dal, 2 kinds of bread, two kinds of rice, salad, and a variety of chutneys. Great value and delicious food! The décor of the small cozy space is sleek, with happy greens and sleek dark brown.

Tiffin Wallah
127 East 28th Street

Tschau, Graziela!


Last weekend was my friend and fellow ‘AVAAZer‘, Graziela’s (pictured above on the right), last weekend in New York before heading back to her post in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The picture was taken at the AVAAZ.org training retreat at The Retreat at Art Omi in upstate New York.

On Saturday, we met up in SoHo, wandered around and did some shopping.  Then we met up with Graziela’s friend, Priscilla, and made our way down to Chinatown for a Malaysian lunch at Jaya.  Then we wandered around some more and met up with some Catalan documentary filmmakers in the East Village.

After that, we made our way back down to Nolita with Graziela’s friend Shoshanna for a Chinese massage.  The massage itself was ok, but the Chinese ladies kept on gabbing away in Chinese, making it hard for me to relax.  Gossip about a new co-worker.  Making fun of a fat blonde girl getting a massage.  Commenting about the weird tattoos that “Westerners” have.  They were also blabbing about how I had such a long neck!  I secretly pretended to not understand Mandarin.   I wish I could just turn off that ability sometimes, but I do love my multilingual eavesdropping abilities!

Fast forward to Saturday night evening and Graziela’s going away party at 40C in Alphabet City.  Sunday afternoon brunch at Moonstruck.  Getting into a heated conversation about Second Life, and being told to shut up by other customers.  Fitting 10 people into Graziela’s tiny East Village sublet, Studio Paradiso.  Hanging out in Tompkins square park.  And then hugs and goodbyes.  Tschau Graziela!  Boa viagem e até pronto!  

Highway in Taiwan closed for butterfly migration

From The Guardian:

In the history of road transport, there can rarely have been such a poetic excuse for a traffic jam: Taiwan will close a busy motorway section this week to allow butterflies to flutter by.

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Vote for the Clash of Civilizations Video!

Avaaz.org’s “Stop the Clash of Civilizations,” is a finalist in an online nonprofit video competition. We need your vote to help us win. Winning the competition will help us further our mission of promoting peace talks in the Middle East and raising public awareness about the issue. Talk is rising of a ‘clash of civilizations’. But the problem isn’t culture, it’s politics – from 9/11 to Guantanamo, Iraq to Iran. This clash is not inevitable, and we don’t want it. So where to start?

Watch the video (entry number 1) and vote for us here: http://dogooder.tv/contest.aspx

You have to register before you can vote online, but it’s quick and painless. Or you can vote with your cell phone by texting ntcvideo1 to 75528 (no registration necessary). Winners will be announced on April 5.

Our video is one of 6 finalists. If you have time, take a look at our competition’s videos too – they are all very well-done and support good causes. All six finalists will be screened at the Nonprofit Technology Network Conference in Washington DC early April.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this project.

FT.com Article About Internet Censorship


Web censorship spreading globally
By Richard Waters in San Francisco

Published: March 14 2007 22:03 | Last updated: March 14 2007 22:03

Internet censorship is spreading rapidly, being practised by about two dozen countries and applied to a far wider range of online information and applications, according to research by a transatlantic group of academics.

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