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Nov 21, 2018 - It’s All About Color

Day 9: Mayapur - Chandernagore- Kolkata It’s All About Color I’ve been fascinated with the caste system in India ever since I read the book, A Fine Balance. It gave me a glimpse into a world unknown where one’s station in life is set forever just by virtue of your last name. Sumit’s lecture today expanded my understanding to include the history and the current status of this system only found in Hindu culture. Arranged marriages are still very much a thing here although modern times do allow for an occasional love match. Sumit cracked...

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Nov 20, 2018 - Crazy Is As Crazy Does

Day 8: Murshidabad - Mayapur Crazy Is As Crazy Does I took the liberty of skipping a couple of on-board presentations this morning to work on trip journals. Sure it would have been great to lounge on the sun deck and just soak up the view. Or maybe hang out with Vince and John from California or Bob and Walter from Texas to continue getting to know them. But no. As an unprofessional travel journalist, this is my job, and the fans come first. I did tear myself away from writing, however, for lunch and again in the early afternoon for a...

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Nov 15, 2018 - The Face of Hope

Day 7 Murshidabad and Baranagar The Face of Hope We saw a different face of rural India today. Still some of the same things we’ve seen in other villages—poverty, poor living conditions, questionable food safety issues. But this time, we saw it all through the eyes of some of the children we met there. We met Subodeep shortly after we entered the village. Ten years old with deep brown eyes, a shock of dark hair, and a confident smile, he and several of his friends followed us for a while and proudly tried out the hand full of English words...

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Nov 12, 2018 - Monkey See

Day 6 in Mariano-Khushbagh-Murshidabad Monkey See You know, I don’t ask for much, but how hard would it be for India to hide 50 million monkeys for two weeks? Evidently too hard for them to even try because I saw my first monkeys today. I’m still thinking my Little Baby Jesus prayer is working because I only saw them from a distance, and no one got brutally attacked. There they were, long tails, dark faces, and beady eyes sitting on rooftops, climbing in trees, and watching curiously as group members with questionable sanity oohed and aahed...

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