THE NESTING PHENOMENON
There is rubble everywhere – chunks of concrete left over from construction and piles of natural debris. This is all in the midst of trash. India doesn’t have systematic trash collection. In addition, there are an increasing number of products in paper and plastic packaging cluttering the streets.
Despite this, women meticulously sweep the front of their houses. Interestingly, this entrance area is just packed dirt. This reminds me of a phenomenon called nesting that occurs in the last few months of pregnancy. An expectant mother painstakingly cleans, decorates, beautifies and supplies a nursery as perfectly as possible. She, like the Indian housewife, can’t make the entire world perfect, but she can make her little spot a welcoming oasis.
WHAT’S NEW IN INDIA
Every year Nancy looks for changes in India. Here are a few:
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Large, modern high-tech windmills are planted among ancient stone formations from the time of Noah’s flood.
Random trash barrels
Credit cards, however most retailers don’t have functioning machines
The majority of schools are now in English
A large solar panel is in the middle of a country field. Next to it is a one man pup tent. The man living in it is paid to protect the solar panel. Many vacant lots use this same kind of “security” system to prevent the homeless from homesteading on their land. (February 12, 2019 Kurnool, India)
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