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THe first INdian Movie i saw
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Still no access to a Japanese-scriptable PC. DAMN.
I went to Sudder St. last Sunday, where most of the Japanese tourists stay for their trip, but every single Net-cafe was closed....WORK PEOPLE!! WORK!!! lol
Well on the way back home I saw my first Indian Movie "U ME AUR HUM" .
It was quite good, yes they sing and dace suddenly but even that was good .....I like the recent Indian Actors...they're sexy, both men and women....and although i didnt understand a single Hindi, i was able to detect the story line from their actings....
This rich indian doctor falls in love with this beautiful waiter on a cruiseship. Their first meeting is disastorous, but he tries everyway to get her and finally they marry each other - but later on they discover that the girl has altzheimer and she gradually loses every memory. Although that storyline is such a cliche, the way the film was taken was very sweet. it almost made me cry. Again, I DONT KNOW ANY HINDI but i still felt a tender thing...you should check it up) . But just one thing....their luxurious life-style looked so unreal to my eyes, which were on the crowds of Kolkata an hour ago.


And i met this Italian guy on the street and had lunch together...he said he's travelling around the globe and is trying to find the right wife...well good luck for that lol
And afterwards i went to the Indian Museum. Another great colonial architecture, all white and neat.

A week has passed in India, and to tell you the truth, i havent really accomplished anything atoffice. I spent my entire week looking around the place that this NGO has implimented its projects.
Things go very slow.
And the fact that this organisation is a very small (almost individually operated, which is very common in India) NGO, makes it even frustrating becuase there is no such thing as HOU-REN-SOU as we say in Japanese....
Frustrating, but yes, i came to discover this frustration, didnt i. In fact, its amazing how these little NGOs can bring change to the community. It might be tempolary and it might be small, those problems i would have to think about later on at work, but you know, making changes are the most difficult thing, and still i see people working for it....
Frustrated but encouraged at the same time. I feel dizzy lol



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I went to AIESEC KOLKATA's local conference the other day.
The AIESECers came to my trainee house a day before the meeting, telling me that i have to prepare a 5minutes speech in English that will give some idea of my internship.
Um....I havent given an English speech for god knows how long.....even in Japanese, its hard for me...and ive just started seeing my workplace....
However, when i arrived at the hall with my short written speech-memo in my hand, the president of KOLKATA AIESEC warmly greeted me in, and yes, he looked very nervous too...that made me ease up a little. Its a big conference for the AIESECers too - i wasnt the only person to be nervous.

All the AIESECers were wearing neat suits and ties. They all spoke fluid English. They are from the best universities of Kolkata, and as i suspected, all of them were business majors, aiming for MBA.
They are from the wealthy class. And they will be the wealthy class of the next generation. That is obvious. They are the ones that can give good education for their kids, not worrying about the expences on school uniforms and textbooks. And when you think of it, i, and you too, are one of them. I should not forget that. people like us, with education, will work hard for our earnings, and we cannot be blamed for earning a lot. That is our right.
But at the same time, we didnt get to choose which family to be born in. The kids on the street didnt.
Social ineqality - you see it everywhere in Kolkata. People here are very used to the situation, but to me, a foreigner, it is quite shocking to see both sides closely. On one side there are the AIESECers - on the other side there are the slum people from the place i work. Both of them dont have any hard feelings on each other, it seems. They just live in their own sphere.
And me?
During my stay here, i hope to put my point of views to the latter group. But the way I think my daily things had been on the former group for my entire life, i guess. The gap is causing me some trouble these days. Ugh. FRUSTRATING!

For example,
being in the conference with the business-eager AIESECers....it felt like a completely different world from the one outside the hall. A world very close to Japan, almost the same as Japan....
and to my dismay, I felt very comfortable sitting there. It was a clear shock to me, who thought about the possibility of working in a grassroot NGO. Im trying to be honest in this blog, so im not going to lie. Living here for one week, i am feeling that it would be hard for me to become the kind of person that embbeds his or herself in the grassroot community, in a foreign country. Im okay with the pollution, im okay with the language, i feel so much affection to the kids here, i really think that i want to make this situation better...but still, something seems to be different. Is this the kind of work i really want to put myself in for my life? Thats the question. Will i be happy for myself? It sounds so selfish, but to be honest, i think that you have to be satisfied with your thoughts in order to commit yourself to anything.
Of course this is only my first week in Kolkata, and maybe im a little bit overreacting to the foreign-ness of this country (in other words Homesick, lol) so i dont know about the future,
but right now im in the middle of a mild dissappointment towards myself. haha, im okay so dont worry please. I came here for this.
RIght now, my life in Japan is earned by my father, so i really think that i should start working after going back to Japan. Talking with the AIESECers here and working in this NGO makes me think so. But hey, theres still time for me to think, to discover, and that is what i came here for, too.


Oh yes, and my speech! I managed to do it without causing any problem...haha.
there was this Professor from a famous business school giving a speech before me, and his speech was very inspiring....he was basically telling the students to shape themselves to the global standard. To look outside and use their knowledge around the globe. To give away any kind of prejudice towards anyone, and to throw out any kind of confidence that you have towards you.
I mean....wow.....i needed that lecture too.



Obviously, this country is too diverse. In social meanings.
Im afraid to get used to seeing it.
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[2008/04/15 15:44] IN KOLKATA | TB(0) | CM(6)

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[2008/04/17 11:49] - [ 編集 ]

ああああ!もしかしなくてもあの徳田さんですよねW?てか私徳田さんって一人しか知らないんできっとそうだ笑

カルカッタはもうカオスですよ。ここ以上のカオスに出会ったことは、たぶんありません。
まだまだここの空気に慣れきるところまでは距離がありますが、暑さに負けずがんばります!ありがとうございます!
ちなみにこっちは40℃近いです!damn!!

psゼミは今年もとるんでしょうか?もうとってるようでしたら、感想とか聞かせてくださいね!
[2008/04/19 18:04] AZUSA [ 編集 ]

葛藤…ですね。><
全部現地に行かないと分からないこと…これからあずさちゃんの方向、どうなっていくのかな。。
anyway, you found how to type in Japanese!よかったよかった★
im looking forward to see ur next report!
[2008/04/19 23:37] SHOKO [ 編集 ]

お久しぶりです。体とかは大丈夫でしょうか?
…というか、日本語で書いてもいいんだよね?(←一応)
他の方のコメント見ていて、いつか自分も英語でコメントできたらなー、と思ってしまった。

あとゼミについて(勝手に)代わって現状報告を。
ゼミは人多いです。30人以上います。
そして3回生のレベルが結構高くて、本読み込んで(ここ重要)来る人が多くて質問もポンポン出てたよ。
[2008/04/22 17:26] 新快速@北陸 [ 編集 ]

http://ajaxime.chasen.org/

↑のサイト使うと日本語がかけるよ!!!
まっし~からの情報提供でした♪
[2008/04/24 00:42] ひとみ [ 編集 ]

>SHOKO
葛藤・・だねW
最初の一ヶ月は打ちのめされるとは聞いてたけど、結構その通りで笑えるよW
でももう大丈夫!なんかいろいろふっきれたから!!
そちらはもうすぐ出発なのかな?
しばらくネット使えなかったんでアップデート見てないけど、これから読みにいくね!楽しみだー

>新快速@北陸
お久しぶり!新学期はどうです?楽しい授業はあり??
ゼミ30人って、またn先生も非常に人気ですねぇ・・・政治系にしては快挙なんじゃないんだろうか笑。後期から入ってける雰囲気じゃなさそうねWWしかも読み込んでるとか・・・!何の本読んでるとか、またできれば教えてください!!
てかうん、いやいやどんどん英語カモンです。見ての通り私の英語は文法まる無視だからその辺のプレッシャーゼロです。

>ひとみ(とまっしー)
ありがとう!今仕事場のパソコンじゃないから、今度仕事場行ったときそのサイトいってみるね!
メッセージにもかいたけど、体調崩して一週間ほど仕事場から干されてるもんでWW

[2008/04/24 15:47] AZUSA [ 編集 ]

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