What made today’s news different?

Not much.

But isn’t it always the same?

Life, death, corruption, desire, and hope; people, places and events that may be new, but  not if we think about what came before.

Good news. Bad news.

Bengaluru’s garbage raises a stench in nearby districts

INDIA Updated: Dec 28, 2016 15:37 IST

Vikram Gopal

What’s different is that we look at the news to remind us that life matters, that we are touched by the basics of our lives.

And so, we write about tragedies and joys again and again.

HOW DO WE TELL OUR STORIES A BETTER WAY?

We also write, photograph and capture stories in video or audio that we think tell us what is important in our daily lives.

How do we make these unchanging stories new and alive?

We learn about our art. We learn all the skills we can. We push our understandings of what’s happening in the world around.

LET’S WORK TOGETHER

So, let’s share our skills. Let’s talk to each other about what we learned or want to learn. And in our small group, let’s reach out to help, to share, to encourage and to support each other.

Here, for example, is a wonderful photo package by Saumya about traveling everyday in Delhi. Can we do this also in Karachi or Lahore or Islamabad? Can we do the same in Hyderabad and Kerala and Chennai?

http://www.hindustantimes.com/static/groundglass/dmrc-metro-delhi-in-transit/

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What else can we compare?

We’ve looked at health and justice. What other stories about lives in India and Pakistan can we create that tell us about the basics that are important?

Our thoughts?

Let’s share.