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  • Fluent in English, French; learning German, Hindi, Spanish, Urdu
  • 100, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • Teach English, French, translation, interpreting
  • Oh... So much to learn, so......
  • From Where I grew up? Have I grown up?
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About Me


Mission?! My project: I hope to continue to be productive and love in a compassionate manner!


I am a speck of dust who thinks she can make a difference in this world and who tries to do what she can to make this world a cosier and more compassionate place...
And who would like to do a lot more against the exploitation of human and non human animals!
I don't eat animals or wear their skins or eat or use any animal-related products.
Love learning and sharing about everything...
I am in love with India and things Indian!
There's a spontaneous child aspect in me, and I nurture it!
Oh, and I feel I identify with many "elements" from various parts of the world rather than my place of birth. :-)
Just like myself, this space is always under construction! ;-)


"Why do I live my life?"Hmmm, to always strive to be more caring, understanding, and empathetic! I hope I have self-distanciation... Self-mockery... I hope I'm always self-critical!
A few thoughts...
"Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional."
"Why do the babies starve
When there's enough food to feed the world
Why when there are so many of us
Are there people still alone
Why are the missiles called peace keepers
When they're aimed to kill
Why is a woman still not safe
When she's in her home..." ~Tracy Chapman

"We all love animals. Why do we call some 'pets' and others 'dinner'?" ~k.d. lang

"I will not eat anything that walks, runs, skips, hops, or crawls. (...) I've crawled on occasion, and I'm glad that no one ate me." ~Alex Poulos

"People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since thishas also been done since the earliest of times." ~Isaac Bashevis Singer"

I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants." ~Gandhi

"Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in." ~Leonard Cohen

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I organise outings wherever I am, answer queries from fellow members, share what I like about the places I know and host whenever I can.


All in all, positive.


The world I'm in...
Finding ways to thwart injustices...
Cruelty-free lifestyles: human and non human animal rights...
Ethical living...
Margins... Activism... Caring for others.
Noam Chomsky's views.
Listening... Literature... Indian writing in English...
Speaking my mind... Insight... Depth... Words... Rainbows...
Seeing the big picture... Making jewelry... Speaking Hindi... Klimt... Pahari painting... In-betweenness... Dancing...
So much more...
And some day I hope to set up a school somewhere in India for children who live in the streets...

Music, Movies, and Books

Oh, extremely eclectic... Here's a sample... Le Petit Prince... Anita Desai's Fire on the Mountain...
Edward Said
Nusrat Fateh
Ali Khan
Oumou Sangare
Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things
Faiz Ahmed Faiz's poetry
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Jamaica Kincaid
Elizabeth Bishop
Sinéad O'Connor
Beth Hart
Leonard Cohen
Amy Winehouse
Amy Macdonald
The Violent Femmes
Syntax's "Pride"
...lots of other music and literature from South East Asia, Africa and South America as well... but not only!
Thelma and Louise
Three Colors: Blue
The Crying Game
Satyajit Ray's Devi
And oh so many more!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done


Teach, Learn, Share

If there's something I know that you find useful, I'll be happy to share... I hope to be active in sharing and promoting peace and less suffering. I always love to learn about various cruelty-free ways of living!

Countries I’ve Visited

Bulgaria, Canada, France, Gibraltar, India, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, India, United Kingdom, United States

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