India Bound

We finally bought our tickets for India yesterday – we leave SFO on 28 November and arrive in Chennai at 10:00pm on 30 November. We should get to Pondicherry in the wee hours of 1 December.

“What will you be doing?”

Good question. Every plan we have ever made for India has had to be abandoned, sometimes even before we get on the plane.

In January and February, 2005, Mark and I were planning on visiting small NGOs throughout India, to tell their stories. I even took a digital storytelling workshop at KQED in December 2004. Then, the tsunami hit, and the rest, as they say, is history. The week before we left, we were helping to network people and NGOs. The day we arrived, we attended a coordination meeting in Chennai, and from that day on, our (new) project was born – to create a tsunami portal to link demand with supply – funds, volunteers, in-kind donations. We spent most of our time in Chennai, Auroville, Pondicherry, Nagapattinam, and Bangalore, meeting with NGOs and local programmers.

In September of 2005, we planned to spend our 6 months in and around Pondicherry, settling into our newly chosen “second” home, working with people and NGOs in Auroville and Pondicherry. We spent a total of three weeks, combined, in Pondicherry in the 6 months we were in India. You can read about some of our projects in this blog’s archives from October 2005 to April 2006.

This go round? We plan on spending a few weeks in Pondicherry to re-establish our “home”. Then, we’re off to a wedding in Jaipur on 26 December, a wedding reception on 29 December and a short visit with our friend Rosalie Giffoniello of Empower the Children in Kolkata, and possibly a wedding in Delhi in early February. After the new year, we plan on spending some time in Pakistan for Phase II of our Friends Without Borders project.

Sounds manageable, right?


1 Response to “India Bound”

  1. 1 Hiren November 12, 2006 at 6:20 am

    Hope you have a nice time while in India.

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