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Back from India!

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.

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HONEYDRIPPER 11/4/2011 8:02AM

    Thanks for letting us peek in on your journey. Everywhere we go it is the same with Jehovah's people! No matter what the cultural climate is in the area, we can count on our brothers and sisters to treat us like... well, brothers and sisters. Always the highlight of any trip.

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CINA-MINI 10/27/2011 4:33PM

    What a great experience! Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I love being one of Jah's people. It does set us apart from the rest. Amazing that you were able to stay with "family" you have never met in person. Not only did they trust you right away, you also trusted them. Only in Jehovah's organization!

We used to have friends stay with us for the conventions when we lived in Arizona. We had a language barrier (they only spoke Spanish and we only English) but we loved having them with us and shared as many meals as we could with them even with the language barrier. Lovely people, as they were Jah's people.

Thank you again!

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GAMOMMY3 10/26/2011 2:16PM

    Sounds wonderful! Would love to hear more about your trip and see photos too! I imagine that life isn't easy for our dear brothers and sisters in many parts of India. And the poverty in areas must be heart breaking too. But, on a happy note, some of the food is delicious!

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BOOKWERME 10/25/2011 7:03PM

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. Enjoyed reading about your observations. Sure am glad to be a Witness!! emoticon

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CELEST 10/25/2011 5:02PM

    What an interesting blog. Yup the truth does set us free. We have a wonderful family of Indians in our congregation (the Chetty's) and they are beautiful people with their sweet sing song voices. The brother has a photographic memory so when he does the microphones, he answers without a book near him. Its amazing to see. He's such a hugger too. Him and his wife, forever more sweeping us up in their arms for a hello hug. Cute.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/25/2011 4:56PM

    Awesome! Isn't our 'family' wonderful no matter where they are?

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The wonders of water!!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Hi sisters,

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.

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MARIE4950 8/8/2011 11:58PM

    Thanks for the motivation. emoticon

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CINA-MINI 8/8/2011 8:27PM

    I feel so much better when I drink plenty of water each day. I am the same way with milk. I love it, and it loves me. I don't like where it decides to "sit". lol

Congrats on finding what works for you and even more important, sticking with it!


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    Water for our weight limits is a key. 8 glasses isn't enough

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CATREB 8/4/2011 8:49AM


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    Congrats to you for learning how to unlock your body's needs. Water is very important. Good luck to you!

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Lifestyle changes are tough

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.

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BEEBEE1936 7/28/2011 7:12AM

    Great idea! I know when I get down, depressed. My house work doesn't get done. And when your house is a mess it makes you more depressed. So that would be a great "pick me upper". Hummm, I wonder if I could get my family to do that?

BTW: I love reading your blogs.


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WENNI1972 7/22/2011 1:43PM

    Wonderful!! What a nice new family tradition to help get your loved ones out of a slump. Very productive!

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    What a wonderful idea! It's good to find alternatives to traditions that might hinder our progress in improving our health. :) This is a really fun idea! I'm going to find a way to add it in to what my family does to support one another!!!

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TREVUG 7/22/2011 1:31AM

    That is a really great idea! Way to turn a crisis around into a more rewarding experience. Remember if you did a lot of physical activity in all of that moving to count it as exercise with Sparks.

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NCFITCHICK 7/20/2011 8:56AM

    Bravo! Lifestyle changes are hard but once put into motion the benefits are enormous. Congrats to you and your DDs for making the positive changes.

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GAMOMMY3 7/19/2011 1:09PM

    Great idea!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/19/2011 1:43AM

    Way to go!

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BOOKWERME 7/18/2011 6:43PM

    Lovely idea. Something similar to what my DD and I recently discussed doing to support one another. emoticon

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AHGIRLS 7/18/2011 3:28PM

    That's one lesson I have to learn... I do not have to comfort myself with food when I get upset about something. I will find another comfort!

good for you!

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Dear Sparkers in India...

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

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SONPARI1 7/14/2011 10:14PM

    Thanks for your concern, hoping and praying for peaceful days ahead.

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STUDYHAWK 7/14/2011 9:03PM

    I spoke to a sister in Bombay yesterday. She says the area where the bombings happened is not an area where the friends live. It's a shopping area. So far there are no reports of the friends being injured or losing of life. But the reports are still ongoing. I'm keeping them in my prayers.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/14/2011 8:10PM

    Crystal, we are worried about them too every time we hear of bombings, riots, fires etc. It is indeed dark days, soon to be over!

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Plateau conquered!

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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TREVUG 7/18/2011 7:25PM


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GAMOMMY3 7/18/2011 1:38PM

    WAY TO GO!!!

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NCFITCHICK 7/18/2011 11:09AM

    Congrats for breaking your plateau! Those can be a real bugger. emoticon emoticon

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*MADHU* 7/15/2011 10:48AM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/14/2011 8:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon it's always nice to break one and see the scale go in the right direction emoticon

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SKIPPY1311 7/14/2011 7:25PM

    Hey, congratulations! Plateau's can be a total pain and so demotivating. But you did it!


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