A Day in the Life of RSO

McKane decided to make his final post about Rising Star a movie telling people about rising star and encouraging them to help out…. He woke up early and filmed most of the days activities and kept the camera rolling until they were asleep at night…. Otherwise, it is a good depiction of the average day for the children of Rising Star. If we would have thought about it, a similar movie about a day in the live of the kids who are on the waiting list to get into rising star would have been a nice contrast.

A Farewell To RSO

One month ago we arrived in India not knowing what to expect. We would be volunteering at a children’s home, an experience very few people we know had embarked on. Our three and a half weeks at RSO have shown us a little of what we had expected and a lot of what we hadn’t.…

No Internet Oasis in the Rajasthani Desert

We’ve spent the past week traveling in an entirely new way and we’re paying the price. I sit now in our hotel in Jodhpur where I have 10 minutes of internet access with the sole purpose of getting this ditty up to let you all know we’re still alive. In the past week we’ve flown…

Of Lice and Men

I got lice in second grade when I lived in suburban Maryland. The school administration claimed the outbreak, which hit a large percentage of the student body, resulted from an infestation in the tumbling mats. Since I had long hair, the delousing process took over a week: a hard core shampooing followed by intensive sessions…

Life and Death in a Land of a Billion

India is overflowing with people. With more than a billion inhabitants and one of highest population growth rates in the world, it is poised to soon become the most populous nation on earth, overtaking China which is roughly twice its size geographically. The government has been working for years to enforce centralized family planning and…

Our Day with Padma or Life in a Land with Leprosy

We started by drivng an hour and half south of Chennai and visited the construction site where Rising Star is building their new school, known here as “the land.”… he had chuckled and said there wouldn’t be any heavy equipment, everything will be done by hand he had told us. What I was not prepared for was the amount of workers, the high quality of their work and speed with which they were digging holes…. They work most of the day (with an hour or two break during lunch) they live on site and travel to the next site when this one is finished…. For me, I knew that this would be a memorable day as we had 6-8 hours of driving left for the day and Padma was going to make a great traveling companion to help me make sense of India.

Your Marriage Was Arranged, No?

We’ve been surprised at the degree of American influence most places we’ve traveled. Our music, our movies, and our clothing have a great impact all over Asia and arguably in Australia and New Zealand as well. Though vestiges of Western culture pop up every now and then, India seems to march to the beat of…