2014: India, Nepal, and Beyondistan

I learned wonderful lessons in 2013. I think that I inspired a few good things too. I measure myself by the good I inspire in others. During Summer 2012, I helped a Nepalese friend research Australian Immigration. He was unable to emigrate, but he took the things we learned and gave them to his son. Now his son is a student at an Australian University. … Continue reading 2014: India, Nepal, and Beyondistan


皆さんへ インドからメリークリスマス!明けましておめでとうございます。 今年も宜しくお願いします。インドの南のバンガロール(Bangalore) という町に住んでいます。この町はインドで一番近代的な都市です が、モダンではない所がいっぱいです。道に牛が沢山いて、舗装さ れていない道もあります。しかし、バンガロールの人たちはとても 優しいです。テレビでヒンディ語のドラエモンの番組もあります。 インドでスズキの車が日本より多いと思います。ヒンドゥ教では牛 が神様なので、牛乳と牛肉が珍しくて値段が高いです。東福原にあるすき屋とアミティーの隣のココスの牛肉を凄く食べたいです。 十一月から三月まで、まずしい子供の為に数学と英語の先生のボラ ンティアをします。子供達の家族はとても貧しいです。学校では、 子供達は無料で朝・昼ご飯を食べられます。多くの子供は、学校で 昼ご飯を食べた後、次の日の朝学校で食べるまで何も食べることが できません。そして家の床は土で、制服以外に着るものはほとんど なく、家にトイレやお風呂もありません。大体お母さんだけで子供 を育てます。お母さんは一日中お金持ちの家を掃除して他の人の子 供の面倒をみます。この学校の子供達は何も持っていませんが、前 向きなやる気に満ちています 生徒たちは朝早くきて、一日中大きな笑顔を輝かせています。家 と比べ学校は楽園なので生徒達は学校が終わっても家に全然帰りた くないです。生徒達は授業中文句を言ません。インドでシールが珍 しいから先生はがんばった子供の腕に星を描きます 。僕は子供に花 丸を紹介しました。朝は、英語が苦手な小学生に、アミティーで勉 強するように英語を使って遊びながら教えます。昼頃に高校一年生 の男子三人に、職業入学試験のために教えます。その後に三十人の 高校三年生に基本的な歳入/財政も教えます。この授業は生活する のに大切ですから教えるのが楽しいです。 先生たちは、生徒の二番目なの家族のようです。お母さんの様に叱 って褒めています。小学生たちは僕の変な性格が大好きになりまし た。学校が終わってから料理しヒンディ語を勉強し寝る、という生 活をしています。週末に都会に行って買い物したりカフェでのんび りしたりします。友達もたくさんできてきました。僕はこの町とイ ンド料理が大好き。体も全然平気! – デレン               。 Continue reading 明けおめ!

Goa: Cows on the Beach

Goa: Cows at the Beach Goa is the smallest state in India. The state was a Portuguese colony until 196 when India invaded in a bloodless repatriation. The area was a haven for hippies, trance music ravers, and now a vacation destination for young beautiful Russians. The vendors speak Russian and English. The menus at the restaurants are also in Russian. Russian women are very … Continue reading Goa: Cows on the Beach

December 18th & 19th: Rain, Nightclubs, Family

Since coming to Bangalore I haven’t seen it rain. I never had a desire for rain until I saw how the long dry air erodes the children’s skin into a chalky ash. Just by looking at their skin one can tell if they live in the semi-open air or a fully partitioned dwelling. I want it to rain so that the dusty will stick to … Continue reading December 18th & 19th: Rain, Nightclubs, Family

December 17th: On Adaptation

Visitors to India rarely say anything positive about Indian roads. At anytime the roads could have a zoo of animals and small children practicing ballet along the road. Overstuffed garbage trucks hang a tail of swerving motorists who trail behind dodging the falling excess. There are no rules. Without rules for people to depend on to create a functioning norm people are dependent on their … Continue reading December 17th: On Adaptation

December 15th: Look Who is Coming to Dinner

Now that Mats has arrived the children living at the Parikrma Home, semi-orphanage, have discovered that it is open game to come over and visit us. The Parikrma Home is only for girls. Boys who are aggrieved or displaced stay at the Home until nighttime and then go to privately run troubled youth hostels to sleep. Those places are not really fitting for daytime activities. … Continue reading December 15th: Look Who is Coming to Dinner

December 11th: The Girls’ Home

School was wonderful as ever. I spent some time with my main man Chandon and had my usual pleasant tea party with princess Akshaya. I learned that my student Harsha’s real name is Auto Raja. This means King of the Auto (rickshaws). He is named after the pen name of a Good Samaritan in Bangalore. Auto Raja was a reformed criminal who, once released from … Continue reading December 11th: The Girls’ Home

December 9th: Turin and Barbs

Today was my first dinner with my housemates Turin and Barbs. After a sleepy day at work running around preparing audio files. We came back via auto. The apartment was being thoroughly cleaned by the maids. They did a much more through job of cleaning then when I arrived. I had spent the yesterday, Sunday moving my furniture, doing laundry, and screwing in light bulbs. … Continue reading December 9th: Turin and Barbs

December 5th: After Dinner Games

Today I went with Sasha and her parents to Jainagar to listen as Sasha gathered information on how to fund raise for Parikrma. Sasha works in investment banking as her profession. She has a strong social conscious. She left her big banking job to volunteer. She has turned into a champion for the school. She uses videos and photos of her experience to raise money … Continue reading December 5th: After Dinner Games

Dec. 1st: The First Day of Advent

I woke up and went to Hennur (slightly North-East) to meet with Shenelle and Anaka’s family for their Advent breakfast. I discovered my haggling trump card. It takes a hard-nosed person to pull the auto prices down. The drivers have all sorts of wild stories to “justify” inflating the price by 5x. When I speak Kannada the auto-drivers are so delighted by my cute attempt … Continue reading Dec. 1st: The First Day of Advent