India → Culture

“Guardian Angels”

February 18, 2022

I created this account of a memory of an experience that happened when we lived in India for a writing project at Greencroft in June of 2021. It appeared in We Are More Than A Single Story. Greencroft Communities, 2021 edition, 57-58.   During a flight in India in 1998 from Kolkata to Chennai where […]

Memorable Train Travel in India

December 7, 2020

One main mode of travel in India is Railroads. Thousands of people travel them daily. Anecdotes come to mind regarding fellow passengers, peeling and eating fine oranges in December, rolled out sleeping bags on the upper berth. During our travels within India from 1962-65, we never booked air flights; they were too expensive. (Neither did […]

Photos Around India

November 30, 2020

The ghat road up into the Himalayan foothills near Woodstock School located near Mussoorie. Tea plantation in the Nilgiri Hills in south India Ox carts loaded with sugar cane in India’s Uttar Pradesh state Fresh vegetables and fruits for sale in Landour, northern India Might this be enough bangles from which to choose? An MCC […]

Mahatma Gandhi

October 29, 2020

This content regarding Mennonite (GC/General Conference, MC/Mennonite Church and MB/Mennonite Brethren) writing about Gandhi first appeared in my 325-page, self-published book titled Mennonites Encounter Hinduism: An Annotated Bibliography, 2015. A number of Mennonites have written briefly about the noted Indian Mohandas K. Gandhi (Mahatma or “Great Soul” in Sanskrit) known as: Hindu peace advocate, social […]

Key Shapers of My Be-ing from Living in India

September 29, 2020

Presented at my Iowa Mennonite School (Now named Hillcrest Academy) 55th Class Reunion – 8/21/2011 John and I first lived in India from 1962-65, as Overseas Mission Associates with Mennonite Board of Missions. We taught at Woodstock School, an international Christian school with 500 students located in north India, within the foothills of the Himalayas. […]

Letters from India

September 10, 2020

This chapter first appeared in Imported Breads Literature of Cultural Exchange, edited by Phillip Sterling and published by Mammoth Press, Inc. of DuBois, PA. Each writer told of experience as a Fulbright scholar somewhere in the world. For six weeks of 1988, I had joined eleven women faculty and students from the University of New […]

Reporting while Walking to and from Gurukul Campus, Chennai south India

September 7, 2020

late August 1998 The sights, sounds, and scents multiply along my daily walk of Chennai’s streets between our comfortable third floor apartment (locally called “flat”) and seminary campus. How grateful I am to live off-campus; getting away from the walled-in community enables spiritual health. A fifteen-minute walk provides benefits unmeasurable. Encounters with people. Time to […]