Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
We visited two really great places not far from the small city of Alwar: Neemrana Fort http://www.touristplacesinindia.com/neemrana/about-neemrana.html and The Sariska National Park. http://sariska.com/ I will post photos and more description later today or tomorrow
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Employee #3: After 5 days with us, Chauhan informed us that Kirti must stay with his mother for another 4-6 weeks, but that he gave his blessing for Chauhan to take over our contract. So this is how Chauhan came to be our driver.
I'm not even going to take a guess about how long it will last. I do not pretend for a minute to have a clue about this subculture and its inner workings. It's impossible to get a straight answer, since people will tell you what they think you want to hear. There are all sorts of cultural landmines and missteps. There is definitely a pecking order (I think the driver is at the top). And there is a strange two-way dependency. These people are dependent on us as their employers, and we are dependent on them to help keep us healthy and safe. I find myself falling into this strange emotional dependency - you want them to be good at what they do, you want them to like their job and your family and if they do, you want them to stay. But the world of servants and domestic help is a complex subculture in what is already a very foreign place.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Here are the matches that I purchased for Audrey to do her homework one evening. The assignment was to create shapes out of matchsticks.
Here is a beautiful birthday cake that had five large sparklers on top of it and 20 small children gathered around it.
And my favorite unsafe children's activity: students in polyester costumes, jumping though a flaming ring at the Lotus Valley International School's annual Sports Day.