But to the 10 world-wide-spoiled-brats that came to volunteer and stayed in his care for 15 days -- he was like a mother - counting us (yup, he counted us!), making sure we eat, sleep, have crisp clean clothes to wear and get to places on time. A devoted husband, a man of knowledge and unshakeable faith he makes India proud. Oh how much I miss you, (mom) Vicky!
|Vicky and two of my favourite road-trip sidekicks|
Be ready for your heart to be ripped out and shredded into pieces right upon arrival - witnessing extreme poverty is not for everyone. Miraculously, that same heart will be all stitched up and glued back together over the next few weeks. It will become bigger and fuller. Mine most certainly did!
|The reality of how 40% of people live - under the poverty line|
|Homeless sleep at the highway median. And dry their laundry.|
|Devastating sight of women and children living in poverty|
|This is what retirement looks like in India: chai and chat|
In two weeks some of us became good friends with our team India - we shared work experiences, enthusiasm for what we do and plenty of laughs.
|I ❤️my PSI team!|
RANG: COLOUR - The backdrop of India is often bleak - chipped paint, mould stains, piles of broken bricks - but the life within it as vibrant and beautiful and alive and optimistic as it gets.
|A girl's heaven: saree shopping!|
JAWAN: YOUNG - India is the youngest of nations, its median age being 28. This will be a major asset for growth and the economy. These people are young, eager and have a fantastic work ethic that begins at a very young age.
SHAKTI: LIFE FORCE - Because how else does one explain the resilience despite all obstacles?
|Agra mattress delivery service|
|Loading dry grass on a truck...|
|... that is tall as the Monkey Temple gate - singlehandedly @ humid 48C|
|My favourite memory|
|Her privilege is to clean and prepare flowers for the Hindu temple|
FIR MILENGE: SEE YOU AGAIN - Because of course this can not be the end for me. I have to come back. Soon.
|Hey India, can't wait to see you again!|