I worked in Bangalore, India once, 5 years ago. As a computer Teacher. My school in germany tried to invest in existing schools, colaborate with schools or open schools. They (the founder of the school, 3 employees and me) met with people involved in education in India. There were a few conferences where i was sitting in a big room. Main subject was there should be systems to make education comparable.
Typical german idiot thinking. Trying to destroy the natural flow of things to establish systems, which means create hierarchies to defend the systems. Making everything comparable as to easier exploit it. Terrible idea. Solving problems by creating more problems. Whatever.
I was there for little longer then a week. Everybody was nice. People were calm and unagressive. Indian people in the streets had the freedom to walk slow. I felt the absense of this underlying hostility towards everything. People wouldn't bother each other, there was no need. Also very little greed, very few instances of people trying to take advantage/fool/trick other people.
In my city here in Germany people are fast and angry.
There were lots of religious symbols everywhere, often colorful; lots of colours in general. Lots of smells too, flowers, parfumes, incense; but very little nasty smells. I only saw a few nasty things:
I saw a river that people would throw their trash in, it smelled horrible. The river flew right through the city.
Other nasty thing i saw was a heap of trash in the street. Used to be a sidewalk but it was just a big pile of trash. Since there were no garbage bins in that area, i suppose these garbage piles were collected once in a while.
XD i remember asking a student how to dispose of my coconut, that i bought in the street for little money. (Loved the coconuts so much. I drank them all the time). He could see i was looking for a place to put it. He could tell i was thinking of a trashbin so he asked me to give him the coconut because he was about to show me how to get rid of it. He was energetic and joyful as he did it:
Said something like "oh yeah i'll show you how to do it" He took the coconut and rolled it like a bowling ball to this big trash heap i for some reason did not even register before he thrre the coconut at it. I just laughed very loud. Wouldn't have thought to just leave it with the other trash. I just thought it is great there are places on the planet where this is possible.
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