Trip Start Oct 04, 2008
45Trip End Apr 04, 2009
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The same happens at the school - food is chopped meticulously and served bang on time everyday. The boys found an old amplifier on the street. Within 24 hours, it was hooked up to a radio and some sort of speaker and they were all dancing around it! When they play cricket they carefully prop up the cricket stumps with stones (the ground is too hard and dry to push them into). If a ball falls into the drain (aka the open sewer just next to the school that runs into the sea) they will throw stones at it to create ripples to feed it back to the shore. If a ball disappears onto a roof / into a hole they will get it out with their bare hands or climb up onto the roof unassisted if need be. Dilshaad - our little 16 year old cook unblocked our drain with her bare hands - just unscrewed it and screwed it back on again! Nothing is ever replaced, just fixed again and again until it lives forever. I am just constantly amazed! I wish we could be more like that. Why are we so pathetic, and self absorbed? One thing the Indians have taught me is just to get on with it. Perhaps they really are on the up after all. One thing is for certain, they certainly have the workforce in this country to really knock spots off the West, but they'll do it really slowly and before we know it, India will be leading the world. I just hope they sort out their attitude towards their environment (the countryside is NOT a sewer or a rubbish dump!) and sex (its OK to do it!) and they'll be bloody amazing.
NB: Having ranted on for about half an hour about this - two things have struck me: firstly I do see a lot of people sleeping a lot of the time, so does this means they are either not as hard working as they seem, OR there are so many of them, they do it in shifts? And also, didn't the Indians invent Karma Sutra? Does this mean that secretly they know lots about sex and are amazing in bed?? Think I'm off to check Google.