Sunday, November 13, 2011

South Asia: Our Hood

Welcome to Gorkhaland.

The name of our neighborhood is actually seen on the entrance sign here: Agam Singh Nagar. We actually live in a pretty nice little neighborhood (as seen from our apartment's view) by the river on the outskirts of our town. 

So what is Gorkhaland? Well, the name of the new state as proposed by the separatist movement popular in Agam Singh Nagar. Saying you live in the middle of a separatist movement is not the most calming thing to family back in the USA, but it is actually pretty benign. You see rallies occasionally, but mostly just the Gorkhaland flag flying on the top of most building here.

Then there are the faces of our neighborhood: nice people who speak no English (other than numbers, since we discuss the prices we pay them), but have great smiles and are good to practice the language with. 

Our rickshaw driver...

The shoe repairman...

And a local store owner...

Walk about 2/3 of the way into the neighborhood and you'll see our building, of which we occupy the third floor.

1 comment:

  1. I love the pictures. Hope you guys are well. Tell rebekah we love her.