Two weeks of silence- and lots of coughing!

Being sick in India is unpleasant, just as it is anywhere.  I’ve been trapped in Uber vehicles with coughing drivers day after day, and coughing faculty members at training sessions.  Finally I got the cough, and it has lasted for two weeks-  I gave up a few days ago on the virus self-diagnosis and went…

Cholamandal Artists’ Village

Recently visited a lovely little village that started off in the l960s as a sort of Indian artist commune – the early artists saved money to buy the land by selling handicrafts, and then got a patch of wild land and lived and worked in thatched huts.  Back in those “starving artist” days, the artists…

19th century confluences

What an amazing tapestry of historical European and Indian mystics and activists I’ve encountered in the last few days!  My host college scheduled two “walks” for me and colleagues at the Theosophical Society of Adyar and the Kalakshetra Foundation, also in the Adyar area.  We discovered an array of odd Europeans invading India and it’s…

Unspoiled Nature- here and there!

Sadly, so much of India is overrun by rapid development, often not regulated or constructed with the environment in mind.  Infrastructure is weak in terms of pollution control and garbage management- and with the enormous population, it’s a recipe for disaster for Indian’s land, air, water, wildlife, and plants.  But nature is so strong in…

New Mexico on the rise?

I live in New Mexico, a very poor state in the US.  The state has a combination of long-time poverty and economic distress due to past reliance on oil revenue.  I was heartened to watch this PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) news item on efforts to increase entrepreneurship in the state.  My Indian friends may be…

Religion in India- pros and cons!

I’m developing a new respect for the role of religion in India, in spite of the terrible misuse of religion among fundamentalists.   In India, we have a current federal government that plays with fundamentalism to get votes.  Various leaders promote Hinduism as the national religion and push for policies that favor Hinduism over Islam, Christianity,…

Outdoor Markets Galore

I love the colors and smells (or at least most of the smells) of India’s many small out doors markets- mostly veggies and fruit, usually a single vendor, often a woman, with a little pile of something. Other spots are bigger. I live near the beach and a little fishing village where fisher women sell…

Hip Hoppity Hop in India

It’s so interesting to see the spread of hip hop all over the world, including among Indian kids.  I saw these gents practicing in a park the the other day.  Wish I could have watched their whole performance!  They’re adorable- especially the chubby guy in the back, to whom I relate wholeheartedly!

An unsafe world- or so it seems!

I get occasional advisories from the US government about travel safety issues in India.  Apparently there is increased unrest in various parts of India right now- here’s the latest bulletin.  Interestingly, there is even some areas of danger in relatively safe South India from “Naxalites”, armed groups of Marxists.  India is a huge country with…