|In Dakhindari, Kolkata, India|
So where does the handle "easydavid" come from? It came about like this. We were hurrying around Dakhindari, a bustee in Kolkata, trying to keep up with children from Preyrona, a school supported by Empower the Children. The kids were dashing about taking photos of their neighborhood for a cultural exchange project. Now, westerners are few and far between in this neighborhood, so our presence was noticed. Many people were eager to say hello, including a serious young man who approached me. He introduced himself, rattling off a very long name that I could not hope to pronounce. I nodded politely. He then asked me, "What is your name?" I replied, "It's easy - David." He shook my hand and said, in his practiced English, "Pleased to meet you, easydavid." And so I became easydavid, first to one young man in Kolkata, and now to you.