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So, what is Modern Sikkim?

It's been more than a week since we finished Modern Sikkim, a series of conversations about what it means to be in a growing place, with an identity vague and yet-to-be-determined as "Sikkimese" today. We've been mulling over the impact and meaning of what we've done in the last five weeks here, and are struggling to find the right word to describe the urgency we are feeling. Not to change the … [Read more...]

How are we connected, anyway? Community, modern culture and nomadism

We've been in Gangtok now, for a full month. A lot can happen in a month, and we've met, talked to and learned from so many people, young and old. Yesterday, a group of kids came running over to the three of us when we were hanging out on a bench on MG Marg. Just saying hi to Kush and us, they were, but it was somehow so rewarding to acknowledge the connections we've made here in that way. … [Read more...]

How to Jump: four personal stories about dealing with life’s obstacles and moving forward

One of the unexpected (duh!) ways we're finding our journey meaningful is the way things don't go by our plans, and how we might deal with these setbacks. We've written about a few of them here, and no doubt will continue to share our "failures" as we make our way around. But today, I want to share some personal, heartfelt stories from four of our collaborators and friends. Enjoy, use these tips … [Read more...]

Jump the Fork: what we do when things don’t go our way

We are camped in the western and southern parts of Sikkim this week, without internet for the most part (sometimes the whole town's connection goes down because of the weather, sometimes your cybercafe closes before you can get to it). We are well, though, and enjoying our breaks from the writing and keeping in touch, and taking in the views. Even if, when we arrived at the small tourist town … [Read more...]

What culture shock? How to stop worrying about where you are and start loving being lost

We are in India. I guess I've said that many times already. Every time I talk to anyone, online, or offline, even to each other. I say it: "We are in India, yaar." I know, you know. But, yeah. We're in INDIA. It's kind a big deal (and kind of fun to say). And, frankly, a big shock, to all of us. Why should it be a shock? As someone who have prided himself to be good at adapting … [Read more...]

How to Make Emotional Decisions

We are in India. This is the country we will be based in, for a few months at least. We are terribly excited, and afraid, at the moment, about being here. Will it work out? Will we be able to adjust? Are we going to be SAFE?  But that's part of our practice at Orangutan Swing. We know that, furthermore, that practice is LIFE. We rarely know what will really happen in life, do we? And somehow, … [Read more...]