War? - Tuesday, January 01, 2002
Im still here and its been really good so far. I have done a
lot of reading and swimming.
Yesterday I also met a girl from the village, Amsa and a German
guy, Ralph. Ralph is a friend of Amsa. I went to Amsa's "house"
for both lunch and dinner and it was good having some company
for a change. She lives in the poor part of the village in a small
mud building with thatched roof. I guess talking to tourists is
a way for her to practise English and also a way to get some cash.
She is very friendly, but in a way she also takes advantage and
actually asked to borrow a little money that I knew I would never
get back. She wanted to buy a moped so she could rent it to all
the people visiting Auroville. I thought it was not a bad plan,
so I helped out a little. However for me it was not so much money
and it was interesting so see life from another perspective and
hopefully be able to help a bit.
There is quite some tension between India and Pakistan at the
moment. They have both armed the borders to its teeth! I am a
bit worried about what to do 'should I stay or should I go' ?
Most Indians I talk to have a VERY relaxed view on the situation,
but all friends and family back home and elsewhere are urging
me to leave India. So obviously I am a little confused as of what
to do, but at the moment I have decided to wait here for a few
days and see how the situation evolves!
By the way, some cool old ladies are staying at the place I am
staying. I don't know there age, but probably around 60-70, both
grey and white haired! It is fun to see that people at that age
travel budget style. They have also rented one moped each and
I see them racing about the place all the time :)