Back from India – issues with ‘development’

Coming back to my home town in Germany after seven weeks in India was not really characterized by a “big shock”. Although many friends have asked exactly that question during the last days: “Isn’t it a big difference and somehow strange to come back to a completely different, developed and modern world?” It is cold,…

7weeks in India – What’s your good name, M’am?

Wherever I have been in India during the last weeks – in huge cities, smaller towns or tribal areas – I found them everywhere: Curiosity and the Indian way of fun. “What’s your good name, Mam?” – A short smile, a kind eye-contact … and you can be sure that you are asked several times…

7weeks in India- Mandawa: Hawelis, kites and clever sales

Before leaving for Mumbai I spend one day in Mandawa, a small town in Rajasthan, ca 260 km away from Delhi and completely different from the South of India. The landscape is rigid, a lot of dust and sand. People look different here, other plants, other customs. There are a lot of children playing with…

7weeks in India – a guide, a priest, a function and Yogathon

It is Saturday. I have travelled to Delhi. As most of the visitors in the Indian capital I have booked a guide to see some of the most important monuments and places. I will stay here just one, two days … Like mostly in India, booking a tour means getting a guide, a driver and…

7weeks in India – The tribal cooking invitation

Arnattokadu, Kalekkadu – these are the names of two small villages in Tamil Nadu, South India I have visited in the last weeks.  During the visits these women showed me their houses, told me about their lives, their self-help groups and how they want to create their own future. I learnt also about their challenges, poverty…

7weeks in India – Meeting the cashew nut maker

Cashew nuts are a popular snack – probably all over the world – and a healthy food source, full of energy, antioxidants and minerals. Have you ever seen where they grow and how the processing from the tree to the final nice eatable nut works? We visit a rural region in the surroundings of  Pondicherry,…