Where should I start…India was more than an unforgettable and rich experience, it was a trip from which I come different.
How many times did I hear this comment from my friends and colleagues who went to visit this immense and fabulously diverse country? And all along, I was thinking of misery, poor sanitary conditions, castes, dalits….the kind of tourism I had promised myself never to undertake!
Then suddenly, my life, up to then rather poor in contacts with Indian people, suddenly got full of them. First there was Probal Dasgupta who kindly shared his tribute to a friend in this paper and whom you can also find on other academic sites. Probal is one of the finest sociolinguists I’ve ever met and a dedicated esperantist.
Probal wrote such a beautiful paper, soon published in Droit et Culture that our Board invited him to co-edit with Papia Sungupta a forthcoming issue of our journal. Click on this link for more info.
Then I started Nordic Walking with a fine young lady from Delhi, Dipti, who told me my fears were vain and that Delhi was just another big city, in which she was right…
But the blow or rather the real move came from my “little brother” Dr. Surendra Pathak who invited me to present at the IASE International Seminar on Teachers’ Education for Peace and Harmony. Here is my paper:MULTI-UNIVERSAL (click to open)
I’ve published a first impressions paper in a new page I entitled Indian Impressions as I believe India is a world I wish to explore and I need to get much closer to. My next papers on this Indian trip and on India in general will be published on this specific page and will encompass education issues, sights and culture and people.
Here, I just wish to send my love to the wonderful and unforgettable Shri Kanak Mal Dugar who welcomed me as his family member,
together with his wonderful family, wife, daughter, sons and in-laws included who all gathered to make us feel part of an authentic Indian/Rajastani event as well as encompassing us all in a true feeling of cosmopolitanism.
To my dear Surendra Pathak, convener of this seminar:
to our gardian angel Anand Yogi,
his beautiful wife and adorable Yogista who is a first class interior designer who loves adorning her parent’s walls with her drawing. I can’t wait to see their flat when she turns tall enough to reach the ceiling! Here’s a photo of a spiritual gathering at sunset in his house
and to my many, many more friends, Marcos Estrada, my travel companion till the very endDiana de Terra, Nina Meyerhof …here on the right:
who kindly saw me make a fool of myself as I volunteered to perform belly dancing on Indian music (my belly dancing teacher will die when she hears this…lol)
and of course Mr. Mahesh Pandey who so generously invited me to visit his remarkable school…on the left on this picture:
more about it on my Indian Impression page soon, so stay tuned and more than ever, let’s keep the focus on children and their education
I leave you with a few more photos and a few links:
and an invitation to dream….
6 thoughts on “Back from Cosmopolitan India”
It was a pleasure to share my days in India with you, including the belly dancing evening. Show your belly dancer teacher this newspaper in Hindi where they say you dance very well (hopefully she can not speak Hindi and you will be fine).
I define India as a country of CONTRASTS, I get back on that once you have expressed your views. Surely, we were treated very well as members of their families.
I totally agree with you on the idea of contrasts. What was really striking, though, was the genuine humane sense we could feel in absolutely all individuals we encountered, from top to bottom…Shining bright eyes everywhere we looked and a sense of belonging to one common humanity. Can’t wait to read your comments. Don’t wait on mine! As for the belly dancing, I really wonder what they truly said, lol. Which reminds me I forgot to thank my wonderful healers who had to fix me after my last “performance”!!!!
Etrange de te lire… je m’étais fait ma religion concernant l’idée de voyager en Inde notamment et j’aurais pu écrire la même phrase que celle de ton introduction, d’où ma lecture intéressée et…. je ne peux plus attendre d’avoir l’occasion d’y aller moi-même…. tu as l’art de partager, tu fais ça vraiment très bien. bz
IMMENSE INDIA.THE PLACE ON GLOBE CALLED GOLDEN BIRD.A PLACE WHERE MANY CAME FOR EDUCATION MEDITATION.THE COUNTRY WHO EVER WELCOMED ALL TO COME HERE.MANY SETTLED HERE TO RULE SEEING THE LANDSCAPE LOVE GREEN LAND RESOURCES.THE COUNTRY IS COSMOPOLITAN BUT I NOT AGREE THAT THERE IS ONLY POVERTY ,POOR SANITATION OTHERS BUT THOUGH LOT EXTRACTED FROM OUR COUNTRY INDIANS SURVIVED.BIG HEART OF INDIANS THEIR CULTURE IS THE WEALTH NONE HAVE.WE ARE THE FASTEST GROWING DEVELOPING COUNTRY.
none should underestimate the country.the story must have been different if country must not have been divided.we have such natural resources,manpower,brains that there is none to compete.the country always suffered due to politics of other powers.the citizens of India have the capacity to survive in all circumstances.few historical mistakes led to such comments as people state about India,the country of beggars snake charmers poor etc. if Indians must have adopted their culture on not followed other styles and habits then by now it had been the wirld biggest power.
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in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your sweat!