One of my semi-partners in crime at Aravind has been Joel Segre. Not only a co-conspirator in toppling the Chinese government by infecting visiting surgeon Zhang-lei with our pro-human rights agenda, we’ve managed to occaisionally collaborate on things devilishly angelic and entertainingly diabolical.
You can read about Joel’s perspective on his adventures, some of which I shared, on his blog.
There’s an entry about a bike trip to Elephant Rock that I participated in. Correction to Joel’s story: there were two non-white guys in the bunch: Aditya and myself. (There was also Zhang Lei, both non-white and non-guy.) Interestingly enough, far too many people down here have serious difficulty in believing that I am Indian. I’ve been told that I have foreign facial features. Not quite sure how to take that, so I’ve just been making it a point to wear my Bata chappals and half-kurtas as much as I can, while busting out my Northy accent at every convenient moment.
You’ll find some cool Pongal Bull Run pictures on Joel’s site. Joel actually ditched us and headed out to the bull-run village several hours before Mark, Aditya and I showed up. Apparently the riot police started billy-clubbing the crowd (cuz the bulls couldn’t hit anyone?) and so Joel fled before we arrived.
Joel also enlightened me about a MAJOR source of cyclical poverty here in India: loan-sharking. We’ve mostly been flapping our gums about doing something about it, whereas Sriram actually stepped up to the plate and hit a homer by providing Jeyaraman with a Rs. 200,000 interest free loan to pay off his sharked student loan. The Aravind family is simply awesome. Not only do I have the utmost respect for the lot of them, but I can’t help but love them too. Each one is an example of something beautiful and rare… and I learn so much by just sitting here.
The British backblog coming soon.