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…

The Skinny on India

Many of you have been begging for more details on what our life is like here in India, especially after we voiced our uncertainty about what to expect. I have a list of about 8 posts I’m working on to explain it all, but we’ve been spending so much time with the kids of RSO,…

Taking RSO to the Beach

On holidays and saturdays the kids of RSO get to go to the beach. It is a wonderful wide open beach, with just a few differences from your ordinary American beach. Technorati Tags: Beach, Chennai, Comic, India, Rising Star Outreach, Round the world, Round-the-world, RTW