Kadama 11:Dog Days of India (Literally)
Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
71Trip End Dec 01, 2012
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1. Angika - The physical part of the dance including gestures, posture and facials
2. Aharya - The costume and attire which identifies the character
3. Vachika - The verbal drama which can be expressed as a song or dialogue the dancer performs to
4. Sattvika - The cognitive drama which is the mental involvement between the dancer and the higher power in which she is telling the story to.
If you cannot tell already, I am extremely excited about this class. I love to dance and express myself through lyrics and movements. Monday I learned the hand gesture for the lotus flower and the deer which I automatically thought of my sister, Sara. To make the deer gesture, hold your hand flat in a "stop" motion, put your middle and ring finger down and voila - you have the Hindu symbol for deer!
Following Hindi, Emmy, Shannon and I walked to the shopping complex on campus which is about a 40 minute walk. I picked up some notebooks, pens, note cards, Pringles, and Potato Chips. I had to give in - the food here gets pretty bland at times and I needed a little crunch.
On the way back, we passed a number of cows drinking from the flooded campus. It is amazing at how fast it floods here. Granted, I come from growing up in a flood zone so I am used to this but after 1 hour of rain one night, the dam was overflowing and the fields around campus were flooding. While the cows were drinking the water, the Indian workers how are building the roads on campus were digging trenches to bring water to their homes on campus.
This morning (Tuesday) I had my first Yoga class in the SIP building. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to learn yoga while I am here. The yoga that I am learning is not about the physical, get fit, aspect that we as American's are used to. (that is the westernized version of it) I will be learning about myself through yoga. Today we had to assess ourselves, what we liked most about ourselves, what we need to work on, and what brings us happiness. We are going to be learning how to breathe in order to clear our minds and how to focus on ourselves as individuals. I cannot wait for the class to begin. Numbers 4 and 5 on my India Bucket List state "4. Learn Yoga and 5. Find my inner strength" both which I can achieve through yoga.
My day continued to get even better around dinner time because my keen smells from the balcony of the Tagore House caught a whiff of BBQ. I did not say anything to anyone because I did not want to get any hopes up, but when I walked through the mess hall doors, there laid grilled vegetables and grilled chicken! What a nice change from the spicy, overly flavorful Indian food I was getting used to. Then to top it off, we had vanilla and chocolate ice cream! By the way, I do not think I have mentioned it yet but chocolate here in India, whether it be in chocolate cereal, or chocolate ice cream, is AMAZING. You can actually taste the cocoa bean and not artificial flavoring. I am positive that I will not be able to eat chocolate when I return because it will taste like chocolate wax. Sorry Hershey's!
Another perk of my awesome Tuesday was getting to Skype with my Thiel Admissions ladies! I have missed seeing all of their smiling faces everyday! Also, Kate still has my schedule up on her white board and I was scheduled for work 2-3 p.m., so I had to make an appearance one way or another!
Well folks, that is all for now. Just in case you are wondering, I have not been able to find postcards ANYWHERE. So please do not think I have forgotten about you. I am hoping to find some on my excursion into the surrounding cities of Hyderabad this Saturday but I am not sure on how successful I will be. Until next time, God Bless and Stay Safe!