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.
Four Play: Four continents N. America, Europe, Africa, Asia.