Thursday, June 4, 2009


Namaste from Jasola Vihar!

I am currently listening to Blur's eponymous album while pulling an insomniac special tonight as my body has yet to adjust to a new sleep schedule. I figured now would be a good time to let everyone know that Josiah and I are alive and well in our little corner of Delhi. Though the high hovered around 108 degrees today, don't worry. We have not melted. Yet.

A little background... After spending two fantastic weeks on the farm in Kentucky, we arrived safely on Tuesday night at Indira Gandhi International Airport and spent the last couple days meeting with the school's founder and director, Dr. Ananthi Jebasingh, in preparation for our classes, which start on Monday, June 8.

Today we met with our students for the first time. They are the absolute cream of the rising 11th Form at Good Samaritan School. I believe the official count today was 13 boys and 2 girls, a few of which had studied with Josiah back in '06. These are tentative numbers right now as the school is on holiday; we anticipate a few more will add to our crew.

As you can tell, the males are out in force. Please pray for more females to help balance out the testosterone. Come on Ladies!

From the moment Josiah and I started a pickup game of touch football (American style!) I knew these kids would be an absolute joy to instruct and perform alongside. It was especially heartening to see our pair of females pick up the basics of the game right off the bat and mix it up with the boys. I wish you all could have watched as a small, bespectacled girl named Parminda threw perfect spiral after perfect spiral to her classmates. Astonishing.

I promise pictures of the school and our flat will accompany my musings on the next post.

For now I want to share some items of consumption on our journey:

Finished Reading: The Skriker - Caryl Churchill, The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
Started Reading: Henderson the Rain King - Saul Bellow, In a Pit With A Lion on a Snowy Day - Mark Batterson
Watching: Carnivale (season 1) and Entourage (season 4)
Hope to Watch: Star Trek

Okay, the Lakers are up by 6, the Cubs game is delayed and the ol' stomach is growling. Which means it's time for a well-deserved round of mango nectar and nutella toast... Have a blessed Friday and we'll talk atcha soon!!!


1 comment:

  1. Great to hear from you, Mark! Keep having fun! Love, Mom