The Sea of Trees

Auroville has a movie theatre which seems to specialize in films no one ever heard of. But the screenings are free, the place is airconditioned, and sometimes there are real gems. Tonight's offering was "A Sea of Trees", which is about a man who goes to commit suicide in a Japanese forest that is a … Continue reading The Sea of Trees

Kindness

Most Indians are very kind. Like today I forgot my new phone at a tea house, and someone came calling after me to give it back to me. Sometimes people will really go out of their way to be helpful. Once I arrived in a small town in a tribal area and hadn't a clue … Continue reading Kindness

The mosques are the biggest noise makers, in this particular place ( sometimes it's the temples), blasting out their call to prayer, in a language no one here understands, now at 4:45 a.m. But sometimes I already sleep through it. So many centuries of reminding people, at all hours of the day and night, of … Continue reading

Kids

I always like interactions with kids in India. Met Ameer and Anvar, a couple of boys, probably around 8 years old, on their way to school, , who were so talkative and fluent in English. One of them, in this small Kerala town, is into Spiderman, so he has a Spiderman school bag, shoes and … Continue reading Kids

Children

I always like interactions with kids in India. Met Ameer and Anvar, a couple of boys, probably around 8 years old, on their way to school, , who were so talkative and fluent in English. One of them, in this small Kerala town, is into Spiderman, so he has a Spiderman school bag, shoes and … Continue reading Children

New Shoes

I don't know if I've done the right thing, but I just bought a pricey pair of Woodland sandals (3,200 Rupees /$45). For the last few few years I've been wearing Keens H2s, which are even more expensive (about $70 a pair) and have the advantage of being waterproof and vegan. But they always wear … Continue reading New Shoes

New Shoes

I don't know if I've done the right thing, but I just bought a pricey pair of Woodland sandals (3,200 Rupees /$45). For the last few few years I've been wearing Keens H2s, which are even more expensive (about $70 a pair) and have the advantage of being waterproof and vegan. But they always wear … Continue reading New Shoes

The Emigrants

Reading Sebald's "The Emigrants". I so much enjoy his writings. His early death was such a cruel tragedy, but somehow reminds me of the stories and anecdotes he writes about: "Sebald [aged 57] died while driving near Norwich in December 2001. The coroner's report, released some six months later, stated that Sebald had suffered an … Continue reading The Emigrants