3.07.2009

Bangalore or Bust!

Greetings from Bangalore!

Myself and three other volunteers came into the city today for a little, but needed break from Shanti Bhavan. It's so nice to be out at the school and away from traffic and busy life, but it's also nice to come and get real food once in a while. We toured around the city a little today and I've decided that it's the dirtiest place I've ever been. Millions of cars spewing nasty exhaust so badly that the smog doesn't just sit in the air above the city, but down on the street level as well. We toured the shopping district and a few temples before heading out the house we're staying at for the night. The trip was supposed to be about 20 minutes to the town, but because of massive traffic, it took about two hours. 

We're staying with a teacher from our school for the weekend in this gated community that is amazing. I'm planning on laying out by the pool tomorrow and may even get a massage in the morning. I bought a Vogue India for my pool side reading. There is this store called Fab India that sells all these "Made in India" tourist things, so I think we're going to stop by there tomorrow as well. 

Other than that things at school are good. My second grade learned how to play Bingo this week and they are now obsessed with it. They are also learning how to write a short story which has been kind of a challenge. They're a handful, but have gotten so much better and I love them all so much! I'm surprised at how attached to them I've become. I would love to bring them all how with me, they are such amazing kids. 

The 10th graders started their big tests this week also. Every 10th grader in India has to take a standardized test that basically determines their future. They do one subject a day, about a two hour test, for two weeks in March. They've been really stressed about it, but since they've been studying for about 10 hours a day for the past month, I think they'll do great. 

Life is good here, I have no reason to complain. I wish you all could be here and experience the peace of Shanti Bhavan. I'm over the top happy and can't believe that I've more than 1/2 way done. Hopefully the first half doesn't go by as fast as the first has. Love you all and please keep in touch! 

1 comment:

Martin said...

The real estate is one sector that features as one of the most badly hit sectors following the global economic meltdown. Especially in developing countries like India, where real estate was going great guns, so to say, faced a steep downfall following the recession and inflation. Especially in the metros and the developing cities like Bangalore, real estate suffered dearly as the demand for the residential units, though increasing became a pent up demand. The badly hit economy particularly the IT sector that has a strong foothold in Bangalore, and the high rates of interest in home loans made the demand for residential units go down or at best become a pent up demand. It is believed that once the situation stabilizes the demands would start surfacing. Another very problematic issue that the real estate dealers are facing is that patrons of the currently booked flats are not willing to pay the original price that they had agreed on but the current price that is less than the original amount owing to the current economic condition. Not only the residential units but the commercial properties like the hotels in Bangalore have also naturally seen a drop in their occupancy. The ITC hotels in Bangalore that registered the highest occupancy, as high as 83%, have been forced to cut down on their tariffs by almost 20% as the occupancy has also gone down by 20%. On the contrary, the business hotels in Bangalore are surviving the tough times as the number of business travelers has not been affected as hard as the umber of leisure hotels. The budget hotels in Bangalore have seen a hike owing to the obvious reasons.

 
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