Category Archives: Sambar | Bangalore

Gym’n It Around the World

What do the diverse gym cultures of the USA, Japan, India, Nepal, and Vietnam say to me? Continue reading

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Farewell In Bangalore

   

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Why Americans Must Tip

  Dear Akshaya, Hold on a second Akshaya, before you move to America there is something I want to share with you. There is a social norm in South Asia that isn’t a norm in America. I know that you … Continue reading

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Where is Santa?

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Meet Momo

Momo is the combined nickname for my beloved twins Monika and Monisha. Momo is also the Hinglish word for dumpings. They were my hardcore favorites. I channeled all my adorement onto these two little whole wheat muffins. These two kindergarteners … Continue reading

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Meet Akshaya

Akshaya is the reason the sun shrines. She loves to remind me that I am the reincarnate of a donkey. That I am fat because I love Pepsi. She totally loves school and school totally loves her. She has lots … Continue reading

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Meet Harsha

This skeletal little figurine is my main man Harsha. Harsha is a 2nd grade boy in a 1st graders body. He is hyper cheerful. He bobs around the school with his characteristic squeaky voice. Apart from squeaking he also has a … Continue reading

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Meet the First Graders!

Akshaya is a brilliant girl. She is shy and considerate. She is a bit slower to pick up new concepts, but she has a great attitude. She likes to eat poori. Her favorite colors are Red and Orange. She enjoys … Continue reading

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Meet Prabaka

  This is my friend Prabaka. Prabaka is a 17 year old boy from Manipur, India. Manipur is a small region that falls next to the Myanmari border. Prabaka speaks English, Kannada, Hindi, Manipuri, and a village language. He grew … Continue reading

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Halli’s Gift

The eternal soul waits endlessly for release from the cycle of rebirth and with that escape recognizes its own divinity. What is two more hours to Halli, when she has lifetimes, but hell my eternal soul counts the minutes I … Continue reading

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What Never Heals

This second grader learned not to trust his loved ones. They taught him third degree burns on his arm, leg, and ear. He was burned in public by his mother and a metal pipe. They taught him what never heals… … Continue reading

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Halli and I

When I first met Halli, I hung curtains over the windows to keep her from seeing me. So she shut off my electricity to keep me from seeing anything. The first morning with her, I paused at the front door. … Continue reading

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Akon Turns Hip Hop Hindi

America’s most lucrative export is cultural media.  One of the many phenomena that originated in America and spread to the world is Hip Hop music. I’m certain that Hip Hop has been in India since its first début thirty years … Continue reading

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The Bucket

Cleaning my laundey in a bucket I realized, I can wash out the smell easily, but I can’t remove to the stains. There are a choices however, accept them as lessons learned, buy new clothing, or wear both! My old … Continue reading

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A Meager Meal

There is a hollow in the students that we can not fill from outside. We could never bring their loved ones back, change their wombs, or clear away the dirt that they live in. They hunger for a life without … Continue reading

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Somethings Never Change

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The Comfort Zone

One of the reasons that my writing became infrequent is because I gradually formed a comfort zone. I guess it is human nature to craft a comfort zone out of any situation. This nature probably leads to extremes like Stockholm … Continue reading

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The Maharaja of Delhi Sri Sriharsh

I arrived at the Delhi domestic terminal after a breezy flight from Bangalore. I had to wait over an hour for my friend the Maharaja SriHarsh to arrive. Waiting on a bench looking over the baggage claim I experienced India’s … Continue reading

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Intercaste Love Story

I picked up a copy of the magazine Brahmin Today: What Every Brahim Should Read No Matter Where They Are. The caste system is a difficult part of Indian society. Conversion to Islam, Buddhism, or Christianity gets you out of … Continue reading

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Dec 25th to Jan. 7th: Catch up

I havent been able to write in the last twelve days, because I am been a bit busy. The major thing that I did was visit with Rebecca in both Chennai and Bangalore. In Tamil Nadu Becca and I visited … Continue reading

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Having Too Much Fun

1st grade and I dance to Bum Bum Bole

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In Pieces

Walking absent-mindly past a construction site my usual slack jawed D- Face was stupified into a Mr. Bean like gasp of horror when I realized that the dark lump next to my feet was a severed human hand. Two men … Continue reading

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Jan 1st: The Crying Father

While sitting at a resturant alone my eyes wandered to a waiter who was seated at a small table ripping banana leaves. The man waved me over and curiously questioned me. With a delighted grin he told me, ” your … Continue reading

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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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