Indecision In The Foothills

Indecision In The Foothills

Day 4 on the subcontinent and the haze refuses to clear. Thankfully it seems to have lost the yellow-grey tint of Delhi and Mumbai. I suppose that means it’s cleaner now. The blue sky sits above a vague, formless sea of vanilla. No sign of the mountains yet. They too are lost to the unrelenting blanket.

A fellow countryman of mine and I shared a laugh over the character who, in his mind no doubt, believed he would get to Dehradun sooner by cutting in the line to board the plane. Cutting in line typically resides high on my list of things evil. For whatever reason I just didn’t care this time. Little dipshit made me laugh actually.

I was not prepared for this place.  I find myself overwhelmed.  It’s one thing to know there is extreme poverty in the world and to see those help the children commercials but seeing it first hand is a completely differnt matter.  Uttarakhand isn’t even particularly poor by Indian standards and yet still I am nearly paralyzed by it.  What does one do in the face of it? It leaves me even less sure of what to do going forward.

I’m not saying that progress isn’t being made here or that I suggest abandoning hope or anything like that. Nor am I denying that there is also great beauty here in the land, the people and the temples.   I am just at a total loss at the moment and don’t know what to say. So I won’t ramble away your time with jibber jabber.

On the plus side…monkeys!!!

For this week’s song we have an old Thievery Corporation tune.


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  • Anonymous

    February 11, 2018 at 9:12 pm Reply

    It’s been more than a month since your last post and I wonder are you lost in a world with no internet… or just lost in the world.
    Your far away friend, Dusty

  • Lisa

    February 20, 2018 at 6:05 pm Reply

    Are you still in India?

    • Jensen

      February 25, 2018 at 3:35 pm Reply

      I want to make sure he’s still alive…

      • Oz

        March 8, 2018 at 5:01 pm

        Ditto. 🙁

  • Oz

    March 8, 2018 at 5:13 pm Reply

    Although now that I see the comments are still being moderated and only show up a week or more after being made, it leads me to believe he has taken some sort of vow of silence for a predetermined amount of time in some monastery somewhere–which is totally something he would do. 🙄

  • Ruth

    March 11, 2018 at 2:02 am Reply

    After all this time, I can only imagine that you will have a very interesting post. I hope you’re not in too much trouble. -Another concerned friend

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