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Professors for a Week

  A couple weeks ago we had the privilege of teaching a course titled “Human Rights Advocacy for Forced Labour Victims” at the best law school in South Asia.  It was a one credit course with 12 hours of instruction, a final presentation, and a final examination coordinated by the Professors Martin. We combined with [...]

A few good tailors

In some ways we are spoiled by life in this city.  The ironing man who irons our clothes for ¢.11  an item is one thing (of course there are no dryers, but that’s neither here, nor there). The egg puffs that are a short walk from the office are another. There is also the excellent [...]

My Turn

A couple weeks ago I got my first chance to work on the opening of a new case; two new cases actually. Thus far, Kyle has had all the fun in that department. It was my team’s turn to take on a new case and because we are understaffed at the moment I spent most [...]

Chicken Curry

Thanks to these ladies I was able to cook chicken curry  for my mother-in-law, Aunt Iona, and our friends A. and T. tonight.  Despite a practice attempt I can’t seem to regulate the turmeric flavor, but at least I produced something that had curry-like qualities! [ | | forbidden | ]

A Tourist’s Tourist

There aren’t many . . . . tourists in our town.  But today we are off to one of the largest tourist destinations in the world with Kyle’s mom and aunt.  Don’t worry, I have the camera. [ on this server. | 403 forbidden | | ]

The Consequences of Freedom

We spend most of our time with case files.  Usually we meet those case files when they are already a couple years old. Our focus is on the procedure that we can use to move the case forward or to combat the tactics of the defense counsel. It’s easy to forget that the case files [...]

Dinner Out

This meal was so good, I had to share: dal makhani, butter naan, and butter chicken.  Oh and what butter chicken it was! A rich, tangy, tomato gravy. . .   I don’t think it’s going too far to say that it’s the best I’ve ever had.  To top it off, we had excellent company [...]


Last week we celebrated.  Our office celebrated the harvest festival of a neighboring state from which several staff members hail. We marked the occasion by wearing their traditional dress, decorating our office, and eating delicious food provided generously by our boss. The next day I flew to the U.S. to meet my beautiful niece for [...]

Everything is Broken

Yesterday was hard. Just a few days before it was scheduled to take place, a hearing in one of the cases that I’ve been working on was postponed for the third time. This is not just any hearing; it is necessary for the trial to begin. The first witness will testify, the trial will begin, [...]

September 1, 2011

At four in the morning I woke up to compulsively check my email. I’ve been doing that for a couple weeks now . . . ever since the due date of my new little niece approached. This time, I saw the email I’d been looking for: “We’re on our way to the hospital!” Immediately I [...]