The Long way from Bombay

26 Dec

Here now, sitting in the berth of our sleeper car heading south to Goa I try to make sense of the constant flux of perspective. The result of almost constant motion through physical environment and the ones that ethereal ones that define culture. From desert to mountains, medinas to slums, cities to villages the patterns across the board are unmistakably unique but there are always indicators that keep the details familiar.

The rich keep there distance while putting on a public show at cafe terraces and trendy night spots while the poor keep to the streets to scrap out an existence. I was confronted by this in Morocco, where children barely over the age of 5 selling packets of tissues. I’ve always had this habit of asking my more maternal peers when they plan on pushing there kids to play piano or learn to ice skate. There answers are usually passive. Don’t push them too hard too soon. Bur here you have these kids without the luxury of choice, that are learning to hustle to tourists in 3 to 4 different languages. They are smart, ambitious and with out question hard workers, but left without options, they are abandoned to live in squalor. And what’s worse, for the few that make it far enough to seek out higher education and reptile high profile work (such as the case of the gentleman working for the Duty Free shop a the airport) are still denied the visas needed to escape their circumstances.

Yet for my experiences and realistically trivial interactions, I have found them to be warm, kind and hospitable. Where one would expect them to grow cynical and despondent I came to find the opposite is true. A truly inspiring feat to behold by yours truly and maybe it’s part of what I’m looking for evidence out here in the world.

So for the time being, sitting here heading south. I remain optimistic.

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2 Responses to “The Long way from Bombay”

  1. Shelli the Fridge December 26, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    Merry Christmas you guys!! missing you. hope you are having an awesome time.

  2. Marina V. December 28, 2011 at 2:43 am #

    Yay for optimism! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more. I hope the two of you had a lovely Christmas.

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