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  Sunday, April 25, 2004

  Amour of India
Dance scene with 'amour of India' on background
A craftsman, not woman :)
Mehndi on my hand

This week Dutch department store chain De Bijenkorf has started thematic weeks The glamour of India. Today they had an event in Enschede, so given my interest in India I couldn't miss it.

It was a two hour dive into "everything Indian".

Passionate performance of Samudra, South-Indian dance group. Demonstrations of traditional crafts. Unlearning stereotypes that all these things are done by women. Walking with henna on my hand waiting till it dries to reveal Mehndi. Smelling spices. Finding something Indian in every department of the store. Memories of buying a sari in Mumbai. Thinking of chatting with Dina just a few days back about my dreams of coming to India again.

And only downloading photos I noticed that at one of them the theme reads as amour of India :)

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  Growing pains of virtual communities

Aldo de Moor, colleague and coauthor of An argumentation analysis of weblog conversations paper starts a weblog, GrowingPains, which is "a place to discuss the meeting of theory and practice on evolving virtual communities".

From an introductory post:

Although the importance of virtual communities is clear, much of their potential is not realized. Many never reach maturity, become paralyzed, or die before they have accomplished their goals. Virtual communities are living organisms: they have (or lack) energy, grow, and have a lifecycle. To make them successful, their evolution needs to be fully understood. Research on the evolutionary dynamics of virtual communities is still in its infancy. With this blog, I hope to contribute to a fascinating and much-needed research discussion on how to alleviate the growing pains of virtual communities.

More on: blog new communities 

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