It is getting very hot here. I am taking 4-5 showers a day to stay cool and to keep the dirt off my body. On top of that, I am doing my best to keep the “butmas”, a Bangali word for naughty, of Sudder Street and in Kolkata at a distance so that I don’t take a cricket bat to their heads for saying vulgar things and touching us in a creepy way. Today, at Jo Jo’s, a restuarant near my hotel, I almost did just that when a creepy Indian man who touched me in a very creepy way on my back. Luckily for him, the waiters kept me from taking a chair to his head. By the way, these Indians in the tourist’s areas work in teams, trying to antagonize tourists and distracting them so the others can steal while we are being distracted.
Well, that is all for today. Tomorrow, I go back into the slum and teach. I definitely like my current classroom much more than any of the modern classrooms I have taught in the past. We don’t have much, but we definitely have more heart and love for learning even if we are not learning much.
Take care and wishing all a wonderful May Day.