Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Charu Anand and some of her friends were invited to an international dance festival in Savannah, Georgia. Charu and her family hosted two of my GSE team members in the last days of our GSE stay in Bangalore. Doesn't Charu look beautiful in her red and orange dress with her magnificent jewelry?!
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
On Saturday evening, March 25, the Eagan Rotary club board officers and the GSE India team gathered at our house for a fun potluck, vegetarian dinner.
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Saturday, April 25, 2009
The Bangalore GSE team assembled on the 50th floor of the IDS Tower in downtown Minneapolis for the Rotary 5950 district conference lunch.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Henrik, a college friend from Freshman year, and his family visited us recently to hear about my Rotary GSE trip to Bangalore. I surprised them at the front door wearing my Indian attire. They enjoyed watching my India photos DVD accompanied with Hindi music and later looking at my India Shutterfly photo album. We had coffee and treats, the kids played and Henrik helped me on the computer; a fun time was had by all!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Nils, my GSE homestay host from the Diamond District Rotary club, celebrated his birthday recently with a family lunch in a forest near Nrityagram (which translates as "dancing village") outside Bangalore. This village of dance was set up by Protima Bedi, a well known dancer in a classical Indian style called Odissi. Her dance school continues on. For more information: www.nrityagram.org.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
After the wedding in Bangalore, we enjoyed a traditional meal served on a banana leaf. A couple kinds of rice were also added to the Indian lunch feast! Interesting colors and textures to experience with the fingers - great tastes - yum!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Sandy Schley, our Rotary District 5950 incoming governor, treated me to coffee and sweets at Starbucks in the Mall of America. We looked at my GSE Bangalore trip "shutterfly.com" photo album and discussed my trip and the incredible experience. She has been a great supporter and showed a lot of interest in the GSE experience in India.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Look at those good-looking Bangalore Indians at the Guthrie Theatre with the mighty Mississippi River and bridges framing them from behind!
Hennepin County Commissioner Randy Johnson enjoyed visiting with the District 3190 GSE team in the Minneapolis City Hall's Council Chambers in downtown.
GK Murthy, the GSE team leader, exchanged Rotary flags with Karin Treiber, president of the Minneapolis South Rotary club. Karin was recently in Bangalore and Hyderabad with Rotary District Governor Chris Holm and others from our District 5950.
Thanks to District 5950 incoming GSE co-chair and Richfield Rotary Club President Barb Devlin for sharing these pictures!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
After 4 weeks in Bangalore, I reflected on the many experiences during my Rotary International GSE trip. Sitting on the steps of a minaret at the Taj Mahal, I marveled at the magnificent, marble monument built by one of India's mighty former emperors.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
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Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
The Rotary GSE team from Bangalore District 3190 arrived safely on Thursday at 6:35 pm. The Richfield Rotary club president and their club president-elect, who made the welcome sign, joined me at the airport. Another woman and Tim Kudalis were also there to greet our Indian guests.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The Rotary GSE team has left Bangalore and is on its way to Minneapolis. Here they are ready to board their flight at the Bangalore International Airport. District Governor UB Bhat is at the far right next to Badri Boggaram the District GSE chair wishing them a "Bon Voyage!" From the left: Manjunath, GK the team leader, Manasa, Preeti and Harsha.
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