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The Bird in Flight
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So today's my last full day in Mumbai, I'm headed to Delhi tomorrow, then back stateside on Wednesday (by the way, can someone pick me up from the ORF airport on Thursday?).
I can't say I'm too happy about going back, especially because it took me about three weeks to really settle into things here and then I only had another week to enjoy it! My NGO had its monthly meeting on Friday, and I had to give a little farewell speech... in Hindi. So I spoke for a few minutes about how thankful I was to be welcomed into their organization and for their friendship, then switched to English and talked about how they had evolved since I first met them in 2003. When I sat down, I pretty happy with my language skills, and I realized that I would never have been able to make a speech like that a month ago.
I guess it all comes down to somthing I said to another visiting medical student I met my first weekend in town. I said, "Part of me feels perfectly at home here, the other feels completely of its element." Perhaps the reverse of how things are back home.
Hey, so I've been offline for a while since I was in Goa last weekend! Before I left though, I worked on my sister's film shoot here in Mumbai. She's shooting some promo spots for a sports film festival, so it was cool to see a Bollywood production crew (cinemetographer et al) work with 35mm film.
Also finishing up at work. Sorry about the lack of LOMO shots, I have a total of 2 1/2 rolls shot, but I think I'll have to wait and post the good ones when I get back stateside. In the meantime these digital snaps will have to do. Attached are two production stills from the shoot.
In the meantime, here are "Points to Remember" about DJ'ing a party taken from a newsletter published by Cafe Coffee Day, an Indian version of Starbucks...
1. Judge your crowd and then play your music
2. Expose yourself to every kind of music
3. Put Indian music first on priority
4. Do not throw attitude on people
5. Whatever you do, do not screw up the mood of the party
Words to live by. On that note, this is me signing off until the next post...
ps: Is anyone out there actually reading this? I don't see many comments. Come on people!
pps: Saw Jackie Schroff at a restuarant tonight for those out there as Bollywood obsessed as I am. I pretended I didn't recognize him so he'd think I'm cool.
So my sister is also in Mumbai shoting some promo spots for a film festival, so there was an article about her over the weekend in the newspaper Daily News and Analysis (DNA www.dnaindia.com). Not to be outdone, my own article was just picked up in today's edition. I was having a conversation with one of the editors about the whole "match" process and he asked me to pitch an article on it! I found it odd that it would be so interesting in this setting, but anyway... here it is...
ps: the photo is of the Oral Rehydration Salt I'm always talking about, described by the Lancet (aka "the literature") as one of the most important medical advances of the 20th century. I'm working on something that will earn that title for the 21st century, I'll call it the Chandra Solution. I have the name down, but I'm not sure exactly what to put in it... aspirin probably... and yogurt.