Annual Day: Dances of Splendour

At the end of February, my school celebrated its Annual Day. Annual Day is (as its sounds) a once yearly function put on by most schools in India. It's sort of a combination between an Awards Ceremony and a Talent Show. But, being India, it's pretty much infinitely more extravagant. Our Annual Day took place …

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Sapatingala? Food culture in South India (Part 1 of 2)

Food is an incredibly important part of Indian culture, partially evidenced by the fact that Indian food is one of primary gateways to Indian culture abroad. I mean, if you ask the average America what they know about India, one of the first things they’re likely to comment on is the food. And, fittingly, food …

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A collection of tidbits and observations after two weeks in an Indian school

I ride the school van to and from school, because it’s free and otherwise I’d have to pay an auto around $40 a month. The school has two mid-sized vans which make wide routes across town. I’m the third or fourth pick up and it takes 40 minutes after that to get to school. Kids sit three …

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Tour Part 3/3: The Resort, Isha Temple, and Travel Home

Our resort for the night was just a five minute drive down the road. Girls and boys were divided into rooms by gender and age. I was corralled with another teacher into the seventh grade girls' room. We took turns bathing and freshening up, and after a large block of unprogrammed time, during which some …

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