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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 14th 2014

India is filled with stray dogs. I was prepared for that. But then I met Bella. Bella was lying by the main road in our village, helpless and sick. He was severely malnourished, barely able to walk, and totally unloved. You could see his ribs ripple under his skin every time he breathed. And nobody seemed to care. Everyone here would walk straight over him. I have been trying to feed him milk and soft biscuits this past week, but he remained extremely weak and unresponsive. He made my heart break. So last night I got in contact with Rakesh, the founder of Voice of Stray Dogs (http://www.strays.in/). Check out their website! They are a not-for-profit organisation that rescues and gives medical treatment to stray dogs, and helps rehabilitate them. They have animal ambulances, and qualified ... read more
Where I picked Bella up
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Making Bella feel safe

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 12th 2014

One of our catch-phrases here is "TII" to stand for "This is India." We just had a TII moment... We were in Bangalore city for the weekend, and had to head home this evening. We found a lovely auto-rickshaw driver who would give us the meter fare, and was even willing to drive us ALL the way home! Usually this trip requires you to change rickshaw's twice, to put this into perspective. He was even willing to wait for us to finish dinner before driving us the final leg home. Top Bloke. Except....there was one small problem... His headlight was broken. Like kaput. Out. Gone. Oops. Rural India. Rough roads. Speed bumps. Darkness. Thankfully I had my teeny tiny torch on me (It's smaller than my pinky and puts out about 10 lumes). So for most ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 12th 2014

I am loving my time at the 40K plus pod here in Maralakunte. As many of you know, I have had trouble interacting with children in the past. I am loving it here though. The kids are lovely, enthusiastic and well behaved. Pod time consists of the welcome song, and 2 sessions of 15 minutes on the tablets. These are broken up with "Brain Breaks" where we play games, such as Bullrush, Stuck in the Mud, Bang and Simon Says. Finally there is a 15 minute session of spoken English, where we generally break up into smaller groups to help the kids with conversational English. 40K is in the process of upgrading its curriculum and delivery method, changing it into a fully interactive app, which is very exciting! Once again, please consider donating to 40K, to ... read more
Tablet time
Using flashcards
More tablet time

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 7th 2014

We have arrived in Maralakunte, where we will be staying for the next month! India I have seen a massive juxtaposition between the wealthy and the poor here. We have walked through a village past a dog dying of starvation (I wanted to cry), and soon after passed a house with solar heating on the roof and a car out the front. In the city you occasionally pass the luxury car in your auto-rickshaw, for which you are paying 20cents per 1km! Maralakunte The village is larger than I expected, and has a brand new temple, which only opened recently. This means that they have celebrations every night for the following month, with blaring prayer music, gong-banging and incense burning! Lots of fun, unless you want to go to bed early, what with the ... read more
My Sari
This is India!!!!
Outside the Plus Pod

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore October 2nd 2013

A trip to the south Indian temple town of Kumbakonam is indeed a very informative and exhilarating experience.The trip invariably leads one to the various temples of the Chola dynasty replete with religious fervour and architectural finesse.I commenced my journey from Bangalore and travelled by an overnight train.It covered the journey of about 600 Kms in 11 hrs.This small temple town draws crowds who come mainly to pay obeisance to the presiding deities of the navagraha temples.Some of these temples are indeed marvels of architecture built by the Cholas.It definitely helps if one has a personal transport since the temples are situated in different directions and to make it to all these places in a brief span of time can be strenuous and tiresome.There are a number of hotels for the budget conscious traveller. One could ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore September 10th 2013

Here are some photos taken during a trip to Bangalore. Just fascinated by all the British names you see in this Hitech city.... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore July 20th 2013

The LONGEST day of my life Who knew it was possible to experience one day for more than twenty-four hours??? Sounds impossible, but it can be done and I have lived it! I lived 30 hours of July 20, 2013. It started out in Bangalore, India and ended in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Leaving was bittersweet. I enjoyed my time in India, but I missed the United States and the people I love back there. It was a nice experience to undergo and I am very glad I participated. I am very glad I went to the Taj Mahal and was able to successfully tour Delhi by myself and not get sold into the slave trade (I was so nervous for that…). The people were phenomenal, so hospitable. Just because the residency ended, doesn't mean the adventure ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore July 19th 2013

Friday Our last day of the residency of getting packed prior to our departure for the morning. Our last two visits consisted of GE and Micro-labs But before we could get to either, we got to experience a true Indian traffic jam. It took us about 2.5 hrs to go less than 20 miles. From GE we were off to Micro-labs who served us Jainism food. The part of GE we visited was GE Aviation as two of the students work there in the USA. At GE they are big on digital solutions for aviation and being able to effectively use data. The compound has been in Bangalore since it began in 1999. It is a global research center - facility for 300 ppl, aviation 700, P&E, transportation, health care The main competitor is Rolls Royce. ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore July 18th 2013

This was a big day for my partner and I, as we were going to be presenting to Infosys in the afternoon. First, we had a stop at Intel. Intel India doesn't have its own website from Intel, like 3M had, so the link is to Intel India’s website. The campus is fairly large. There we had presentations from couple of people and were given a tour of the Testing facility - pretty sweet to see all the latest and greatest tablets, smartphones, and notebooks. Intel’s mission is to create computing technology to make life easier for everyone on the globe. They invest a lot in rsearch and design. The site we were at in Bangalore is the largest non-manufacturing site outside USA. Much insight was re-laid on how starting an office is challenge and getting ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore July 16th 2013

The day of the residency brought more company visits and more experiences. We had breakfast as usual and boarded the bus. Pradeep, our tour guide, provided a lot of insight on the city as we were passing through in the mid-morning traffic jam. The first company we went to visit was Selco-India. Selco is a solar panel distribution and service company that helps to bring light to the rural poor. Lots of people in the rural areas of India are without power. And those with power in the rural areas may not have the electricity from the grip. The goal is to provide energy to the rural poor. Selco offers an abundant of aftermarket services and they often will provide service to competitor’s panels as well, as often the after sales service is something that goes ... read more
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