Archive for March, 2007

Everything has to finish…

17 March, 2007


Anyway only week is definitly a shame if you go to India. You need a life ! So… I go back in April. HA!

Many reasons exist to go back and it’s not finished for me with India. But now back to work because the ugly men with short ideas and long beard (should call it “goatee” and not only for the hair, see what I mean) and are expecting me…

Then in Delhi !

17 March, 2007


The Lotus Temple, also known as the Bha’ai Temple (but not so popular even for Delhi Indian inhabitant. Bha’ai is between the religion and the philosophic flow, the idea is to unit the nine main religion (I let you make the list), so you will observe as I did that thhe temple is built around the figure ‘9’, all the structures it’s made of are working by 9. The adepts are around 6 millions I guess and of course coming from every religion, 2 millions are in India. Anyway, interesting. But look on the web I don’t do any proselytism 🙂 The model picture is an exclusivity ! It was strictly forbidden to take any picture. So… I did it HA ! HA ! HA !

Otherwise you will see the Red Fort located inside Delhi, sellers come inside the public bus to propose you food, drinks, to sell you the best stationnary material last generation of Reynolds pen (TM) hi hi!! … anything !

And for the cow !? Well, it’s just a cow on the pavement, so what !?

What is Kathakali !?

17 March, 2007


With the first association of Kalarippayat I visited (CVN Kalari Sangham) many foreign people were studying Kalari, English, French, Canadian and among those some people from Quebec who came in Kerala especially to study this art in order to integrate it in their own work of course. Thanks to Pascal, me and Russel have assisted to a representation of Kathakali where the story is sung by musicians and told by the actors and their specific movements (kind of a mime). Of course we didn’t understand a lot, but as always it was about a man and… a woman. Mon bon Pascal j’espère ne pas raconter trop de salades, tu me corriges hein !

I let you see:

Some traditional arts from Kerala: Kathakali and Kalarippayat

17 March, 2007


I went in Kerala for only one reason in fact. To discover a martial art named Kalarippayat. This martial art is supposed to be the father of all martial arts for some, a very ancient martial art for others…I don’t know where is the truth. All I can I say is I received a very nice welcome from the Papanam Code Kalari club. The teacher, Master Gurukal is a nice and simple man, checking his head very often from left to right to say “yes” as it’s seems to say “no” for occidental people. Ha ha, that was quite strange for me to discuss with Indian people at the beginning:

“But why the hell he says “no” all the time with his head !!”

During that week I trained almsot every morning from 6h30 to 8h30, you talk about holidays… But it’s a very good discipline. 5 to 6 students training in good spirit. I enjoyed a lot. What I didn’t like at all is, we started putting some oil on our body, from the head to the heel (beurk!), dressed in the traditional “lengothi” well hum hum I let you check the pictures to this link…

Et un complĂ©ment interessant de mon professeur d’art martiaux vietnamien.

Effectivement ; le Kalarippayat est un des principaux ancêtres de tous les arts anciens de cette région du monde.

Probablement un peu plus ancien que les VĂ´ Thuat d’origine du DaĂŻ ViĂŞt (ancien empire du ViĂŞt Nam), – 5000 ans.

Ces arts Indiens dont Ă©tait un vĂ©ritable MaĂ®tre d’armes, Bouddha, doivent dater de -7 Ă  – 8000 ans.

Ils sont la source des connaissances du corps dans le monde en passant par l’empire du milieu qui Ă©tait le DaĂŻ ViĂŞt et non la Chine (qui n’Ă©xistait pas encore) jusqu’en Chine en transmettant par la mĂŞme occasion la philosophie (de la vie sous toutes ses formes) comme tu as du te rendre compte qu’elle est omniprĂ©sente dans leurs vies.

Ce sera avec joie que je te reverrais lors d’un retour en France!!!

Ton humble ancien professeur de : VĂ´-Thuat Binh Dinh CĂ´-Truyen ViĂŞt Nam.

Merci pour ces précisions cher Dimitri.

Break in India – Beautiful Kerala

17 March, 2007


Tiruvananthapuram is the main town in the south state of India named Kerala. Opened on the Indian Ocean it’s a peacefull place and the town isn’t crowded even if a bit noisy. Rick Shaw will bring you everywhere for a small amount if you can negociate properly of course. Otherwise just do like me, rent a motorbike in Kuvalam for 250 roupies/day (4,5 €) and you will be free to serve as a taxi for other tourists, won’t you Russel ?

Check all the pictures at :

Process problems and community conflicts

15 March, 2007


When some Choura (traditional assembly leading villages) leaders come to complain all I can do is to place them in front their responsibilities regarding the census report and to tell them I learn from this mistake as my organization (regarding a future project why not ?) but without any kind of promises of course!! So they accept, tell me they understand the difficulties to work in their country, seem to give me their trust until… I learn three days after they left to meet the provincial governor to complaining about my work! Because I didn’t select the same number of workers everywhere.

I have discovered that to avoid frustration even with big gap of population, the leaders select the same amount of people from each village. “Proportion” is NOT their conception of equality, they understand it’s unbalanced but it’s their way to avoid conflict between their people.

NSP information

14 March, 2007


As a response to the last post I received an interesting mail from a person probably involve in NSP process in Afghanistan, as I don’t know him. But anyway thank you Mr H. Barth. So I invite you to check the website of the project :

“Operational Manuel” in the chapter Implementation Strategy

 and also weekly report, I work on it actually.

13 March, 2007

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Anyway finally work has started in Ruy and will continue until the end because they represent the main target on my project because they have been the most seriously affected by the drought. But now after 3 month I realize how wrong are all the demographical information I use to evaluate the population in each village. I divided the number of workers focusing the north of the district (Ruy), with the estimate of a demography more important also.

Made for a project named NSP (National Solidarity Program) funded by the World Bank and other funders, with the support of hundreds of local or foreign NGOs, this project covers all the country. Communities after validation of a development project receive money considering also their population.

The process has been well known by all the communities before the demographical studies. So some lied on their population amount in order to receive more money of course! And some local staff in charge of the reporting made arrangement with the leaders of villages, receiving money, sheep, gifts etc… to increase the figures of the sensus.

Following the NSP figures, the population of Afghanistan should be much more important, and funding the whole project won’t be without difficulties.

Ruy’ Strange toys

13 March, 2007


Ruy Village, its school and extra-toys !

13 March, 2007


Here is the scholl yard of Ruy. Which boy in Europe wouldn’t dream to have a real old Russian tank in the school yard?

The principal of the school is a bad man, he gave me so many problems at the beginning of the project. Allied with 2 other persons from our staff they were managing to increase their influence on the communities. All they did has been to delay the implementation of projects and get fired. But the school principal unfortunately, is still there.