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First experience on an Indian bus...



Still half asleep at 5am this morning, it was an effort to drag myself out of bed to attend our first yoga class 5:30-7:30am. It was really enjoyable though and I left feeling awake, refreshed and ready to start the day. I’m more flexible than I thought I would be after quite a few months of not doing cheerleading. I’m hoping that if I go everyday for the next 3 weeks I will get my flexibility back and become even more flexible.

The rain was torrential when we left the flat this morning and we had to catch a bus to the bus station. This was our first experience on an Indian bus, and it was CRAZY! After managing to jump on whilst the bus was pulling away we squeezed our way on into the crowd of wet, smelly people packed like sardines, but the atmosphere with the loud Indian music and the buzz of the people was immense. The bus drivers rule the roads, they drive anywhere and overtake anything so all other vehicles have to get out of the way!


Once we met Destin (who had been waiting for us for 30 minutes, as the time had been miscommunicated!) we had another hour and a half bus journey, it stopped raining during this journey so we could see the beautiful views and rural villages we passed through. We then had to catch another bus to Destin’s friends house who we were interviewing. She was a very intelligent and friendly lady and she gave us tea, vegetable puffs and other nice foods.

After this we got another bus to the Grama Panchayat Building for more interviews. These interviews were slightly awkward; one male government official we interviewed seemed not to approve of some of the questions we asked the women and kept interrupting during their interviews. I left these interviews with mixed thoughts and we all felt like we needed to do more research on the Political system in Kerala since we were not briefed on this and did not know the details of our project until we got to Jananeethi, this was nobody’s fault , just the way it worked out.

Therefore this evening we went to the internet café to research Kerala’s politics. After doing this research I feel I understand the project a lot more and what we are trying to achieve from it, so hopefully we should get more from future interviews and be able to ask more detailed questions. I really enjoyed writing todays journal about the interviews as we all had quite a detailed discussion on our views.

Anyway.. it’s almost 1am again which means I only have 4 hours sleep before yoga! Nighttt!!! xxx

Posted by laurandtheworld 10:48 Archived in India

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