After a filling lunch, we went to the boating place. Though the initial plan was to use canoes and kayaks, given the size of the group, we decided to go with two rafts to increase the bonding. Santosh and I were with two fourteen year old boys and a ten year old girl. The energy and competitiveness of the kids got us to stay ahead of the adult group throughout the ~1.5 mile route. We went down some rapids. Later we got stuck on some rocks because the water levels were lower. I sat at the back muttering ‘left back, right forward’ to remember how to paddle to keep the boat straight despite the occasional imbalance in rowing from the two sides. B, the coxswain of her rowing team, the niece who’s grad party it was the next day, was at the back of the other raft. Apparently she became exasperated with her rowers’ lack of coordination.
The diversity of culture has meaning for the future of our growth and cognitive evolution. There is so much to be learnt about ourselves and others, so much to be appreciated and taken into the future by engaging with it in new ways appropriate to the changing times.
I think perhaps moving out of Germany for good is too much to feel. I have all these rays of kindness that have soaked into and nourished my heart. I want to find ways to keep coming back.
From an Indian perspective, I think this is definitely worth passing on to those who make a big deal of stories like Slum Dog Millionaire. India has an infinite number of stories to tell!
This is one of the problems of Globalisation, or should I say, Westernisation, and the prevalent Euro/Ameico-centric worldview. We ought to be able, in 2012(!) to relate to more than this worldview. Gobalisation should result in a sharing and celebration of knowledge, diversity of culture and all possible frames of references and defies the current linierity of influence.
19/09/2009 THE BEGINNING: PART 3 Hello all! It has been nearly 10 days since I got here. Freshers’ week was very fun! I went for lots of cool events where we got to meet people from all sorts of fields from genomics to international politics and everything in between! Social events included speed social networking … [Read more…]