Cambodia, On The Road
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The Red Cambodian Bed

 

I had been walking for last two days. But did not really reach anywhere. At the same time It took two days to understand two parallel road that looked similar and after reaching a circle went different ways. It took me time to understand two important Khmer words like Susrai/hello and okun/thank you.

I finally decided to rent a cycle with city tyres. I think I have spent all day today roaming around the outskirts of Siem Reap and then sometimes away towards the urbanised rural area, and sometimes cycling far away along the river to Tonle sap and towards the country side.

There are still days when i will be meeting my mentor for the workshop, but all this roaming is only to embrace as much information and varied subjects so as to present to the teachers what we will be working on as a project in Cambodia dedicated to Cambodian people, at least that is how i thought i would like to work.

I am feeling so happy and so free in this country as my own that i want to work on something that makes and showcases Cambodia in a light true to her nature and history. Well i still have no idea and until i get any idea i will only make sure to peddle as much to different directions. We have limited time and thus every day is valuable.

During the first two days, I found out about a school for the underprivileged in a village on the outskirts of Siem Reap. I met Frank while he was on his walk to the school where he teaches English. I didn’t understand why he would joke about himself not being abusing boys in school. He is here in Cambodia for forty years now. He welcomed me and provided with his number and somebody else’s who’s school was it.

Later I met prom at his place after I had finished playing table tennis. After winning the first match comprehensively i lost all the matches to an Australian who was playing for his pride, well after he lost the first one. I started talking with prom understating the culture and history which has been one of the most talked as well the most sensitive aspect of their lives in the recent history Cambodia and about neighbourhood. About the government and corruption. About youngsters interested in learning Mandarin day in and day out rather than learning English. But in the middle of it all he started crying. Tears came out flowing from his eyes. He just stood, wrote me a number, and said “Brother you ask many questions”, she will answer everything. And there is another number i am writing. Tell her i sent you. I know you haven’t been eating well. She will feed you good Indian food. She lived in Buddha place for many years.

Back home other artists went for an outing at an art school.

It hasn’t been great time in terms of food. I had been going to the vegetable market and buying fruits and some vegetables. I hope Prom’s help will do my stomach and mind good.

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Hi, I am Narayan Kaudinya. And i welcome you on this journey, the Road to Nara ! I am an Ethnographer and a practicing Indologist. I did my masters in History and further learnt Sanskrit, Yoga and Nerve-therapy. At 24, pushing most academic sounding, office sitting works away, i felt compelled to know and understand the world and my country, Bharat/India. I travelled, and as it happened i took up teaching in Kashmir and further up in the remote villages of Baltistan in the foothills of Karakoram Ranges. For around three years and many states later there came a time when i felt that it was only while teaching i learnt how to laugh, to see, feel, breathe, love and cry -with children, and mostly resource-less parents in the harshest-freezing border conditions. I write, and work as a documentary photographer and Filmmaker, with numerous published, exhibited and some awarded stories. In my travels and life i have let nature lead me, the divine mother, and as a Yogin, my resolve here is to share my experiences and thoughts as honestly, and through them to blossom in everyone the power and possibility in pursuing your breath, that you seek your true nature with courage and curiosity. Here, on this road i will share my spirit, my love for nature, the elements of life that are us. And in doing so, i'll be happy to see you along.

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