After the initial downpour that left the tracks (and everything else) flooded as we traveled to Chennai, we had several more days of heavy rains. We joked about hiring a boat to take us to work, but somehow the autos managed to get us back and forth each day (though on some trips the water […]
Once again, in no uncertain way, the world has let us know that Black lives do not matter. From Mizzou to Yale to Kenya to Beirut, things could hardly be clearer. In times like these it becomes very difficult for me to imagine any hope for a solution when so many people are bitterly entrenched […]
Hey Folks, So sorry this is coming out a day later than usual, but, once I explain the events of the last few days, I think you’ll understand why. Before were get there, though, let me tell you about my experiences with Diwali. On Monday, the lights were up and the rangoli was beautifully displayed […]
Sometimes life in the Casa is stuffy. The same people in the same space can get old and sometimes you just have to get away. Some people go for a jog, meditate, garden or whatever to clear their heads. Me? I climb ancient pyramids.
Not too much to report on this week. I went to wedding part two on Sunday, which was very similar to wedding part one, except there was no ceremony (for people to not pay attention to ), besides a short cake cutting ceremony—apparently a tradition only recently introduced to Hindu Indian weddings, according to my […]
I can’t believe I missed it. It only happens once a year and I missed it. Actually since it used to be at the beginning of the summer before Spanish colonization, in a way, I feel like I haven’t missed it at all. In fact, let’s just say that my becoming sick was an intentional […]
As many of you already know, on Monday there was a severe earthquake, of magnitude 7.5, with an epicenter in Afghanistan near its boarder with Pakistan, that has caused hundreds of deaths and left thousands more injured in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Tremors from the earthquake were felt in northern India as well, though I have […]
Sometimes to fight corruption, you just have to strip down and shake lo que te dio tu madre.
The Casa works in a network of partner organizations that all somehow offer support to migrants and refugees. One of the shelters within this network that focuses on male migrants that plan to continue their journeys northward is Casa Tochan. Last week, I finally had the opportunity to visit when escorting a group of students […]
Last week the Hindu festival of Navaratri (technically Sharad Navaratri…there are 4 different Navaratri that happen throughout the year, but Sharad Navaratri is the most popular one) started. Navaratri means “nine nights” in Sanskrit. This festival is dedicated to worshiping the deity Durga (meaning invincible and also the one who eliminates suffering), also known as […]