Centuries of History at WCC

I was entranced by the history of Women’s Christian College and its oldest building- dating back to circa 1798!  Doveton House, the college’s administration building, was built by one Benjamin Roebuck and occupied by a high ranking officer in the Madras Cavalry of the East India Company.  (Can you imagine Netflix or Google having it’s…

Women’s Christian College: Open to Change!

I was really impressed with the response I got from 40 women faculty this week at Women’s Christian College during my Student Centered Teaching training.  Almost all disciplines at the college were represented and participation was high, enthusiastic, creative and engaged.  They were hungry and open to new ideas for teaching, new ways of both…

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!

Education, a Path to Success

Education in India can be a clear path to new lives for rural folk.  Families make great sacrifices to help their children get an education.  The faculty I met in Villapuram, many of whom have come from agricultural families, had very touching stories to tell. I asked faculty to interview each other and then share…

College Trainings- in Rural India

I completed my first three-day trip to a group of Indian colleges to provide training in “student-centered learning”- it was a wonderful adventure!  Although my plan was to conduct these trainings in the big city of Chennai, this group had contacted the Fulbright office on their own requesting support from American visitors.  The Fulbright staff…

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…

Medical Tourist!

I’ve never been a medical tourist before, but since I’m in India, and since my Albuquerque dentist told me six months ago that I needed six new crowns at $1500 each, I’m now a medical tourist in India! I’ve been very happy with the quality of my care at Acharya Dental, which I found on…

Imagine the Fragrance of Fresh Jasmine

  I love the colors and smells of South Indian flowers.  Temples have flower sellers everywhere so folks can buy flowers and garlands for the gods and to decorate women and children.  The smells are intoxicating, particularly the jasmine and roses.  Enjoy (and breathe, imagining the smells!) these short videos of yesterday’s flowers at the…

A much-needed change for the LGBT community in India

Good news in the paper this week- the Indian Supreme Court has agreed to revisit it’s terrible 2013 decision to uphold the constitutionality of India’s Victorian-era, 1860 law that criminalized homosexual behavior; that is, “carnal intercourse against the order of nature.”.  I don’t know whether the members of the court have changed since then, but…