Tuesday, October 25, 2011
How was it? Interesting. I have to say that it is surely different from watching the Hindi movies. I have realized, like all other movies, that India is glamorized by the Hindi movies. Real life is not like that at all, of course.
I just wasn't prepared for how different real life is. I guess when someone comes here from other countries, they are not totally prepared by the reality of the US either.
Will I go back again? Unfortunately no. My asthma cannot handle the pollution and dust. I had to actually go to the hospital for treatment for an asthma attack. But at least the hospital I went to was in Kerala. Which is a beautiful state. The hospital was top notch. Very much like any good US hospital.
However, the friends I met there were absolutely wonderful. They were so different from the rest of the population. Jehovah's organization is truly wonderful. It's the same all over the world.
I was able to stay with friends I had never met in person. I was received so warmly and lovingly that it was impressive. Especially given the environment and the attitude towards darker skinned people.
I had no idea that there was a skin color partiality. I did not know that the darker skinned Indians are treated with contempt. (Untouchables they are called. It all stems from Hinduism) Also the dark skinned non-Indian people are also treated with contempt unless they are spending money. Then the story changes altogether. But watch your wallet, because the dishonesty was rampant when it comes to the price of items. In all the places I have visited in the world, this is the first place I felt like I had to be very careful of being ripped off. I went with my friends to the stores and had assistance from them.
Some funny items were that it's OK to honk your horn. Even encouraged! That was surprising and noisy! Cars, trucks, autorickshaws, bicycle rickshaws and scooters all honking at the same time and it's totally fine!
I'm glad I didn't see the touristy India. I got to see India as it actually is. It was really very enlightening. I went to the movies there too. that was so totally cool! The environment of the states I went to - Delhi, Punjab, Kerala, Bangalore and Mumbai reminds me of the pre-civil rights era here in the States. India seems to be about 50 years behind by times, but they are trying to come up to speed with the rest of the world.
But, even though I was very happy to get back home, I enjoyed the trip. It helped me to better appreciate what I have in the States. I even appreciate being an African-American in the States. Racism in the States can't even begin to touch India! All Americans have an opportunity to better themselves. There is no American that is considered "Untouchable". Sure there are differences and social issues that are of concern to most, but still in all, no one is untouchable. (You might not want to touch some....but that's a different issue) LOL
So now, back to regular life and to Sparkpeople. Happy sparking. Keep loving one another. It's a truly precious privilege.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
I haven't been able to blog for a while because of a super busy schedule. I went to serve in Scranton PA, had a wonderful time. Came back super pumped for the DC invitation campaign. It's amazing to the Hindustani log (people) - (pronounced loag, sort of like load) that this is a free event for three days completely in Hindi. Sirf Parmeshvar Yahovah. (only Jehovah God)
Have continued to lose weight. Healthy choices is the absolute reason. Plus, the wonders of drinking water!! It's absolutely amazing. I have learned that the requirement for weight loss for my body is 3 liters a day. As long as I drink 3 liters a day and watch my calories, I lose weight.
I used to think that other people had this magic plan on how they lost weight. But what I'm realizing is that they simply learned what their body needed to let go of the weight and burn more efficiently. So, I've learned to drink 3 liters a day. My next lesson is learning exactly what types of foods my body "likes" that help it to lose weight.
I don't have to starve myself. But not every food is good for my body. I found that when I drink milk, I gain. I gain even if I have milk in my coffee. So I've learned to drink my coffee without milk. I do take calcium supplements though.
I also tried Lactaid, I figured, it has little fat, should not gain right? Wrong. Gained a few ounces after I had Lactaid in my cereal and in my coffee. OK. I do without that.
Probably after I reach my goal, I'll add milk back in. But for now, the cow has to wait, so that I don't look like a cow!! LOL!!
I can have a buttered roll, in the morning, and still lose weight!! Amazing! I don't have it every morning, but when I want it, I have it. (once a week for right now)
Education about my body is important in this process. This works for me. Other folks have to learn their bodies "secret" to weight loss.
Enough about me! I hope your scale is moving in the right direction and you can find out the "secret" (raz in Hindi) for your body.
Monday, July 18, 2011
In order for a change to be most beneficial it has to be on the level of a lifestyle change. It seems that anything can throw the process into a tailspin. I am helping my daughters through some life changes of their own. My lifestyle change in my eating habits was definitely affected. It is our tradition to get together at my house and cook all of the family favorites when one of us is going through a crisis.
Well, I cooked so much food on Sunday it was utterly ridiculous. But, no one wanted to eat. So that means that this tradition has to change. So what did we do? We went to my daughters' house and redecorated. We expended some energy and as the house was rearranged, emotions were affected for the better. So the new "normal" for my family will be to go to where our loved one is, and help them feel better by cleaning, redirecting, making small positive changes in their environment.
That's one of the most healthy and emotionally satisfying changes I have come across in a while. It also helped to consider key scriptural texts like Ps. 73: 25,26, Isaiah 43:10 and other like these. They were a tremendous help.
I'm glad we're making this change. It's one for the better.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I hope that your families and friends are well and were not harmed by the bomb blasts that took place there. We are in the dark days of this tired system of things. We all look forward to brighter days when events like this will not happen to friends or loved ones.
My heart goes out to all of you.
bahut pyaar bhen
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Two pounds down!! Finally!! It took long enough to get past this plateau. Whew!! Hopefully the weight will continue on it's downward spiral as I continue on my eating plan!
Happy sparking this week!
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