Notes From a Second Life | Septmeber 2011

Hi,
Just completed the first month of my ‘second life’. Still dealing with the ‘phantom limb’ phenomenon of experiencing sensation in my Accenture limb that is not there! Did wake up the first few mornings with my mind trying to figure the schedule around the day’s conference calls, my ears still ring with that Meeting Place tune and I still use ‘we’ when I’m talking about Accenture!

Trust all well with you. Missing the people I’ve got so used to talking to and working with – Accenture and my client friends and associates – for the past 4 ½ years. Thank you again for a great ride.

Getting used to life back in India. Still trying determinedly to stay stopped at the traffic red light, while the horns behind are blaring for me to get out of the way. Re-learning the art of crossing the road in the middle of speeding traffic (I did my first leap over the road divider rail since I’ve been back.) If Singapore was gentle, disciplined canoeing; India is wild, wild water rafting at its scary best. And I’m thoroughly wet and enjoying it. Looking forward to catching up when you are in Hyderabad next.

In terms of my ‘second life’ updates. I have started initial work on my twin passions- rural education and flexible talent. Have signed up and begun work on our first school consulting project. Part of my homework tour towards Project Light Lives – where God willing we should have a mechanism of working with a network of village schools and you can expect invites to teach Physics or Maths or whatever subject you are passionate about at a lovely Indian village school and take that much needed mobile phone break! I have also been piling up the miles driving to a few rural schools and universities. At one village school about 200 kms outside Chennai I was delighted to hear 5 year old Robin recite nursery rhymes in English ! At another rural town further away, an entrepreneur setting up a rural university shares his frustration at having to make pay-offs to politicians just to get the necessary approvals to start. Visiting India in the villages reinforces for me the paradox of my country – one part is straining at the leash, the other part is the leash !!

On Project 2 – creating an online marketplace for flexible talent – Make a Living AND Have a Life is our tag line. Right now spending a lot of time writing content for our website and a book.

So chugging along and enjoying the buzz of starting something meaningful up. Thank you for your support and friendship. You are in my prayers- do keep me in yours.

God bless.

Affectionately,
Leo

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