India

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 in Career, Travel

For the second time in my career, I am taking a two-month sabbatical, this time in India, where my wife Evelyn has been working since January for the organization NEEDS in Deoghar.

This is my third trip to India, with the first one being the archetypical tourist-trip from Delhi, via Agra through the state of Rajasthan and its famous cities. I also visited the country a few months ago this spring – also to visit Evelyn.

This time around, I spent a few days in Kolkata during Durga Puja, before staying two weeks in Deoghar to experience life in Northeastern India. Originally, I planned to conduct a design project there, but found that the time was just too short to do something truly meaningful, so that I ended up “designing my time in Deoghar” and spending it on some  personal projects and helping out with smaller aspects of NEEDS’ work and in their education program.

Evelyn and I finished off the trip with a little holiday in the opposite corner of the most colorful country of the world and traveled through the Southwestern state of Kerala, where we visited the coastal towns of Varkala, Kollam, Alleppey, and Cochin and the Periyar Wildlife Reservoir upcountry.