From business to cow feeding – it’s just Indian lifestyle

After three meetings today with very interesting social organizations and some business discussions on scaling our social programs such as hygiene programs, active involvement of our Indian colleagues, a village project in the surroundings of Mumbai I’m staying with my Indian colleague and friend Neeti. We have stopped at a temple for taking care of…

A next trip to India – and happy to make the next steps happen

A two week trip back to our projects is in front of me. Just sitting in the plane and waiting for departure I review the agenda. Some busy days will come. First in Mumbai discussing with my colleagues and a few local NGOs on how we can start more social activities in Mumbai itself. The…

Mumbai‘s coast – a walk between rich and poor

Bandra West, Mumbai, seafront. It’s a place to remember. A place where rich meets poor There are many young people, some locals, but also Indian tourist just enjoying the fresh ocean water. Fully dressed they sit in the water and enjoy the waves. A father and his son have a nice walk, obviously both being…

A walk in Bandra, Mumbai – impressions and a place where LANDs end

It’s chilly. The Riksha driver finds his way through all the traffic. Coming often to Mumbai it’s not that much the sightseeing that attracts my attention. I’m going to a fair trade shop to understand more about the products and how they sell it. It’s a small shop but there I find some nice bag…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – Elephanta island

The trip starts at the Gate of India, from 8.30 am onwards. It takes more or less an hour before arriving at the island. The ferries are often crowdy, it is hot sitting at the upper deck. But the journey – once the ferry starts – is relaxing. When you arrive you can take a…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – Contrasts and challenges

When I arrive at the airport the streets are empty. 3 a.m. in the morning. Everything works well: Visa check, changing money, meeting the pre-ordered taxi driver at the arrival meeting point, getting into the hotel. I feel welcome in India. People here are very kind, without any doubt. The first adventure? Just take a…