Friday, September 12, 2008
This clip and the two below were taken at Rajdani, a "thali" restaurant where we had our first real Indian dinner. "Thali" means "plate" in Hindi and the food in these restaurants, which appear all over India and feature regional cuisine, is served in small round tin bowls arranged on a round tin plate, accompanied by Indian breads. You'll see.
Posted by Paul Jay at 8:33 PM
When we visited the Adivasi Academy, our drivers came in on a road that crossed a small, dry riverbed and dropped us off near the main buildings. Then the monsoons swept in and it rained all day. The founder of the academy, Ganesh Devi, told us late in the afternoon that the rains had made it impossible for our drivers to pick us up where they'd dropped us off, and that we'd have to ford a river of rain to get back to the other side and to our cars. We thought he was kidding. As this video and the two below it show, he wasn't. Click here to read my original blog entry on our visit to the Adivasi Academy.
Here's a video clip from our meeting with a group of farmers in a village outside of Pune. Katherine is asking them whether they would like to return to farming organically the way their parents and grandparents used to. The interpreter is our guide for the day, Ashwin Paranjpe. For my blog entry about the visit we had in the village, click here.
My blog describes a wonderful afternoon some of us spent in Old Delhi (and I posted a number of pictures from our walk). This video clip was shot from our van in the early evening as we headed back to meet up with the rest of our group for dinner (see the post above).
During our time in the north of India many Hindus were on pilgrimage. This video was shot at a station where the train across from us was carrying pilgrims north as we headed back to Delhi. The voice over is courtesy of a guy standing next to me talking on a cell phone. At first I thought he was ruining the whole clip but now I think he provides a great soundtrack.
As we crossed the border by bus from New Delhi to the brand new tech park city of Gurgaon on our way to visit a call center we encountered a political demonstration against the forced purchase of farmland for development. This clip and the one below record my interactions with the riot police, who where pretty interested in being caught on film.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Barbara had the wonderful idea of bringing bags of balloons on the trip, which proved to be a wonderful way to engage with children, and, as you'll see from this video, to meet their parents as well. Here, on a trip to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, she offered a red balloon to a little girl, and before long a whole group of us got involved in a little impromptu volleyball game.