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... that I arrived and gave thanks to her for my launch into India and this opportunity to explore the culture of one of the world’s most ancient centres of civilisation.
As I walked with Debby to her class before breakfast on that first day I saw Chennai as a dusty, dirty, smelly, yet friendly and embracing city. I knew it had grown rapidly from a small farming and fishing village of fifty years ago to now have double the population of Melbourne packed into half ...
... of their stay the British named the famous rock formations after their own, the names have become part of the tourist lore. The most infamous of them is the "Suicide point" where some have taken the name literally resulting in tragic consequences. The local authorities have now decided to rename the point as “Green Valley Point” which stands at 2500 ft. They have thrown in a fence around it for good measure. The closest view that you could have of the point is from ...
... in an intersection on our way back to Coaker’s Walk. Upon seeing him, we pull out our wallets to give our 500 rupees (10 US Dollars) each. He shakes his head and waves his hand. “No no, pay after. Pay after. Don’t worry about money. Pay after.” So we push our wallets back in our pants and follow him down the street.
We walk down the road maybe a quarter mile when suddenly he squeezes into what appears to be some kind of abandoned fence. The fence ...
... goddess in human flesh. There was a good community of fellow travellers passing through, intermingled with devotees who were so obsessed with the Saint's presence that they would touch a sticker in the elevator with a photo of Amma on in and touch it to their lips in praise. I must confess that I had trouble paying homage to a human goddess; I guess my Christian roots, defunct as they are, run deeper than I realized.
... what ever people could find right beside houses built of concrete and glass windows. In all, the time spent in Kodai was a good learning experience, not only on a acedemic level, but I feel it brought a new understanding of how prevalent poverty is in places other than the United States. We would like to end this post with a simple W.W.N.D. "What Would Noel Do?".
John Mickelsen & Chloe ...