Monthly Archives: December 2013

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 … Continue reading

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明けおめ!

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

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Dec 27th: Pooping Pals

I’m sitting on a nine hour mini bus to Tamil Nadu. The bus door doesn’t close so dust is whirling inside the cabin. The bus was a lazy hour late. Standing on the side of the road I watched a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Parikrma Story: A Better Future

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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December 16th: Abby’s Birthday

Today at school I was called by the principal to show a new volunteer around the campus. My promotion is solid. When people are absent they tell me and I tell the teachers. In a gang of Europeans it isn’t … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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December 14th: A Motorcyle Crash

On Saturday I woke up and quickly woke up Mats. He and I did out morning workout. Mats and I are now doing Insanity rather seriously. He is an really good sportsman. Not that he is in spectacular shape, but … Continue reading

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December 13th: Ambition & Toilets

Today was Friday and I was merrily busy. I taught my issue classes with now include a Manipuri boy who I mentor. Our mentoring is disguised as Chess class. I’m a bit sorry for the boy because he certainly will … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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December 10th: Mats Arrives

Today the Belgian teacher Mats arrived. Mats knocked on the apartment door in the early hours of the morning. I was too shaken by waking up so early to remember letting him in. He crashed on his bed and I … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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US Judge Sentenced to Culture Clash !

Please click here for the link to the PDF of US Judge Sentenced to Culture Clash !  The story of a US Judges provocative clothing during a school visit. US Judge Sentenced to Culture Clash !

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December 7th: Flowers in the Slums

The entry December 7th: Flowers in the Slums: the wonderful girls who live in the slums is available for download at this link. December 7th: Flowers in the Slums

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December 6th: Blankets for the Homeless

Please click the link to download a PDF file of December 6th: Blankets for the Homeless the story of my new housemates and a powerful experience giving blankets to street sleepers. December 6th: Blankets for the Homeless

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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 … Continue reading

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December 3rd: Hanukkah in India

This entry about celebrating Hanukkah in India is available for download by clicking…  December 3rd: Hanukkah in India .

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Don’t Give Toys ! Give School !

Parikrma’s ambition is to ensure that quality education is accessible to marginalized children. Imparting holistic quality education in English to Bangalore’s poorest of poor children

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Indian Words in English

Pajamas, shampoo, and what else came into your daily speak through India? Check out English words from Indian roots http://squirrelbasket.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/english-words-from-indian-roots/

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What Does the Fox Say?

What does the fox say in India?

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December 2rd: TED India

The know-it-all TED conference is/was held in India. The founder of my school explained the theories behind the success of Parikrma.  Click to Watch Shukla Bose TED India

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Who I have Become

These days I can recognize a part of my character that was reshaped in/by Japan. Consideration for harmony. Since coming to India I have put a lot of attention on social harmony. I try not to do anything that separates … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Nov.30th: Out in the City

I woke up this morning and I went to school early to get on the bus to ride to the Bosch Sports ground to have the annual Sports Day event. The ride on the bus was my first time out … Continue reading

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Nov.29th: Playground Justice

Today I woke up to discover that the local auto-stand was having a Karnataka Pride day. Karnataka is the state that Bengaluru is the capital of.  The Autos were dressed up in flowers, finger paints, and flags. The driver from … Continue reading

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