Cambodia has started to settle inside. It is hot. But Its winters here. Its Busy and Open. Moving slowly. Women from various countries as diverse as nature is are seen Smiling, enjoying. Much like Indian, Cambodians have a strong family sense.
Rafa, was the first person i met on this fellowship. He was also the first person to arrive in Cambodia. Second became I. He is a good man. As we sat talking with each other the first day after meeting he opened up like he cannot hide. Tears coming down from eyes. He told me he is divorced. And is a father of a young girl, Maya. We bonded most beautifully and talked about photography and the history of Angkor workshops and things to be seen around about in Cambodia.
I met a woman cycling, and found each other cycling to the river together. She is going through her divorce too. After documenting all day i got to a bar where i found a ping pong table. Ben with whom I played yesterday sat in gloom. It was a hugh dip in energy from last night. I walked up to him just to say hi. And we started speaking. He was in the English Navy. He told me that he had never been to the land of India but assured me that he thinks he spent three months way deep in Indian Ocean not far from India. The submarine he was a part of had some projects in that part of the world. He was the happiest as whatever he wanted was happening. And then then one day thaak! he angrily threw his fist on the bar table, I got hit by Psoriasis Vulgaris and boom ! Boom ! Psoriasis is a skin disorder that causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. I could not sit, I could not sleep. I started looking ugly as hell, fat, cannot walk 100 metres. A guy from being the most active person to somebody who cannot walk to washroom. I was doing what I wanted to. took the smartest route, thought out of the box. I was going at a speed that out passed my peers, my friends, everyone around me was overwhelmed by my presence, everything great and then this ! I could not remain even myself. And nothing remained in my control.
Later Ben gave me a number of his close friend who is a tour guide. I was looking to go inside villages for my project. It was something to speak with Ben, not as a person only but to understand and realise the way things work in life. One can get all and the next moment something is taken from him he couldn’t think how.
South-east asia is beautiful and as homely as i feel in my country. I am eating less. Mostly not sure what to eat. I haven’t eaten any cooked food for two days now. And made friends with different fruit vendors.
Last day at the red bed built like columns here. Lights are out. Tomorrow will be all of us meeting together for the first time. Workshop starts tomorrow.