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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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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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Nov. 28th: Indian Standard Time

Today I learned Indian Standard Time (IST). I woke up an hour and a half before work. I waited for the waterman to come. He came one hour late. When he was in my apartment he asked to have one … Continue reading

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November 27th: 2G Mobile Internet

Today I woke up late. My usual habit of sleeping late and waking up late is creeping in. This is definitely a sign of comfort. I didn’t have time to eat anything so I tried to browse the super market … Continue reading

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November 26th: Faster Than Google

Happy Thanksgiving Family! I would have enjoyed eating dinner with ya’ll again. I haven’t seen most of my family members in over a year. This is the longest I have been out of touch-touch with them. Hope they are all … Continue reading

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November 25th: Chicken Mantra

The railway crossing gates are raised and lowered by a man operating a crank handle. He waits in a railway side shack for a walky-talky message to alert him to lower the gates. His large old body laboriously turns the … Continue reading

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Ten Days in India

My local area and the school

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