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help people hope for a better world!
I do want to slowly ease back into hosting since we seem to have a handle on COVID but omicron has made it a little complicated. So if you are fully vaccinated, are as careful as you can be while traveling, and what I have written below resonates with you then it might just work out. Feel free to write to me if you:
1. Need the couch in the next 7 days or so. Last minute also works.
2. Need it for not more than 2-3 nights.
3. Are okay with not hanging out with me if my schedule is busy during your visit.
I primarily identify myself as a middle school teacher though I have shifted my attention to sociological research and I do work around race and racism in the US schools and caste in Indian schools. I think in another life I may have been a cook, but I make up for it by cooking as much as I can for friends and surfers. Apart from education, I am interested in environment, sustainability, veganism, ethical consumption, and such. I find myself in search of a life with fewer tensions between the largely capitalist structure of our society and my aspiration to live a more moral life.
I have taught in different schools in India for about 7 years and now am pursuing a PhD in education at UC San Diego. After having participated in the mainstream schools for many years both as a student and as an educator, I am now curious about examining how the 'school' as we know it is at the root of a lot of problems facing humanity. Toward that end, I am trying to understand how schools perpetuate or resist social inequalities particularly in primary/elementary school classrooms.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have only been hosting for a while, but do hope to surf soon. I also like to meet and get to know fellow couchsurfers in the area.
It's been a brilliant experience and every time I meet/host a surfer, my resolve to take time off to travel gets a bit stronger.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: I like movies that make me think and help me understand the world a little bit more than I already do. So I enjoy a wide range of movies - from trashy to very thoughtful. Idiocracy and Okja are two of my favorites which represent the two ends of that spectrum!
Music: I enjoy any kind of music as long as I relate to the poetry in it. The instruments, as brilliant as they might be, don't do much for me without the lyrics.
Books: I used to read a lot and appreciated all books Orwellian. However, as I have grown older I have grown out of the notion of books for various reasons (ask me about it if we meet!). I prefer to just learn from people and from my experiences as much as possible.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Decided and took off on a backpacking trip to Himachal Pradesh in India in a matter of hours and had the best week of my life!
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach English, Hindi and Marathi languages and I can try to teach how to teach.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Stories of people, especially children, that I have lived, loved, and learned with which constantly keep me grounded and push me to be mindful of my relationship with the world.
My favorite Indian vegan recipes and food.
Countries I’ve Visited
Countries I’ve Lived In
India, Réunion, United States