Seth and I walked into the orphanage cafeteria and set up the tripod in a small room with low, long tables and short, wooden chairs, behind which was a kitchen with sinks and dish racks. While the camera was on the tripod, Seth taught me all about a video camera which is surprisingly like a digital photography camera. I had to focus the camera with a nob on the lens and adjust exposure and white balance, all of which is adjusted on a still camera. I got the video camera rigged and started recording Seth playing with the kids. Around the tiny, dingy, white tables was a swarm of kids laughing and trying their best to communicate with the foreign white man. Seth learned Hindi numbers from one to ten and the youngsters learned English numbers one through twenty.
During filming, the lunch bell rang and a woman carrying a bowl of rice and dahl entered the room. Dahl is a typical Indian lentil dish served over rice. Soon kids started lining up in front of the woman and getting their plates loaded. Seth and I acted quickly. Seth, my video teacher, thought I was ready to take the big camera off the tripod and film the kids eating. I felt honored that Seth put so much trust in me and my filming that he allowed me to hold the camera.
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Denny, a close friend of ours, asked about the weather and climate. This is a brief summary: In Rajasthan, the air was steaming hot and languid, leaving it’s victims sluggish. The air in Uttar Pradesh is either too hot or too cold. Also in Uttar Pradesh, the fog is thick in the morning and night, and the air is infested with bugs, some of which carry dangerous diseases. The air everywhere is smoggy and polluted, with no rain.