When A Musical Is All There Is…

It probably wasn’t the movie itself, but the atmosphere and the experience.One night at the volunteer home Raja (a boy who recently graduated high school and lives at the home) invited us to go see a Tamil movie with him and some women from the home…. On the way Raja explained that the most popular Tamil ‘hero’ (Indians use this term instead of actor) would be starring in the movie we would see and that his movies generally stay in theaters for over a year, that’s right a year…. After the song the movies story was played out before our eyes, but we could hardly understand anything and had to simply guess with little hints from the few english words thrown in here and there…. Changes gangs about three times, kills the largest gang leader in India (also the most popular villian actor in India, hence the loads of cheers) and turns out to be an undercover cop.

Holy Cow! We’re in India!

Of all the places we are going to visit in our 11 months on the road, India is the one which inspires the greatest excitement and the greatest fear. We have visited with dozens of travelers who claim it to be both the best and worst of their lifetime travel experience. We know we love…

Empathy in India

They challenge us to grow in ways we never imagined possible and give us often frightening insights into the composition of our character.We have tried to model service for our children by helping wherever and whenever we can…. While it takes a major force of nature to penetrate the walls of our comfortable, suburban existence at home, we are hoping that our upcoming year will abound with opportunities to witness, feel, and act on behalf of others. Abigail Adams mirrored this thought when she wrote to her son John Quincy, “When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.”… RSO began by providing basic medical care to those suffering from leprosy (which can now be cured for about $1.50) and expanded to serve the children who are denied access to schools, medical care, and the basic necessities of life because a family member suffers from the debilitating disease.