Saturday, August 11, 2012

Any doubts?

So a lot has happened since I last updated.  I've gone through this retreat / training workshop in the middle of nowhere for 3 days and spent my first full week at my job.

Also before this "inspiration" workshop, my roommates and I threw at party our apartment that our watchman (security guard) was not happy about:

(I want to point out the "Royal Challenge" in hand because it's really a challenge to drink that beer...)

Later in the week....

Through the fellowship, there was an "inspiration" workshop at a retreat about 60 kilometers outside of Hyderabad.  It was fun because the Hyderabad fellows were able to meet the other fellows from Mumbai and Bangalore.  I met another fellow from New Orleans too (besides the other Hyderabad fellow from New Orleans) that went to my high school, but was 2 grades lower than me.  Very cool.  I tried to climb up a rockwall, but that was a fail:

Tanu made it to the top though:

This past week was my first week at the Dr. Reddy's Foundation so Eric (another fellow) and I pretty much traveled to 3 different training centers around Hyderabad to get a feel for how the operations of the non-profit work.  It was very interested and eye-opening.  Dr. Reddy's Foundation offers job training to needy aspirants for about 45 days and then places them with employers after training them.  While we were in the Dilsuknagar center, we went with the facilitators on their mobility (marketing) outreach.  It was very interesting and crazy as for party of it, we were in the slum.  Like a real one which was also next to some government housing (that reminded me of the projects in the States).  It's interested how you can spot "government house" no matter where you are...  

When were in this area, we also met with a group of women to tell them about the program and I found out that they do not speak Telegue (the local language), Hindi, or English.  These were a mainly tribal community living in the slum because they had been displaced due to a fire.  They spoke Lambadi, which I had never even heard of.

Also, a couple of nights ago, Tanu and I had dinner with the watchman and his family since it was his son's birthday.  His wife (also our maid) made this chicken curry that was so good.  I'm going to try my hand at making something of the sort today, but I don't know if I'll be successful though... Wish me luck!