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How can it be goodbye?

Well, it’s been a few weeks, hasn’t it?  Sorry ‘bout that.  I got caught up in all the activity of my last days at VSSU, and before I knew it, I was leaving.  I’ll recap briefly, but I know I’m … Continue reading
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Walks and Weddings

Yet another week, gone. Overall, the last week was pretty routine. I’m spending my last couple of weeks working on compiling a book about VSSU and its last 25 years, which will double as the annual report for this year. … Continue reading
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The Bag Lady

I’ve reached a state of total exhaustion.   Between the heat, days that are frequently containing at least 10 or 11 hours of work, two consecutive whirlwind trips to Kolkata, and late night meetings with my boss, I am pretty … Continue reading
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Rain to Wash the Sweat Away

Well, I can happily say that I was wrong about my evening walks. They can, in fact, go past “hellos” and smiles.  A few days ago, I met a nice man who owns a small shop in town, and he … Continue reading
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Start with a smile, and go from there

Rather than give a day-by-day account of what I’ve been up to like I have in previous posts, I thought I’d just write a little bit about my cultural experiences so far this summer.  And not even so much purely … Continue reading
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Seven day work weeks

Friday was a day sitting at my desk, but it was a welcome break after the long days spent visiting branches.  I’ve really enjoyed the branch visits so far, but they are tiring.   Anyway.  Since Mr. Mondal had asked … Continue reading
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Summer’s Soundtrack

I don’t even know how to start this post.  I guess with this: I’m feeling much, much better.  Not perfect, but there is no comparison to how I was doing last weekend.   Seriously, I don’t know how to start…. … Continue reading
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It’s not always sunshine and rainbows, but there’s always tomorrow

Alright, I’m warning you, this is going to be a bit of a soul-baring post, so if you don’t want to hear it, just tune in for the next update. I’m kind of surprised I’m posting some of this at … Continue reading
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Bureaucracy, Wooster bonds, Trains, and Chai

Yikes.  I don’t even know where to start.  I guess because it’s the first couple days of being back in India, a lot is happening all at once.  So let me start with Tuesday morning….   I woke up and … Continue reading
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And I Smiled

(This post is painfully long… I just started writing and this is what came out.  Feel free to skim!)   Sensory overload.  Nostalgia.  Sweat.  Mercifully, fans.  Tea.  Taxis.  Smiles.   This is where I am now, but allow me to … Continue reading
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