Teaching in India: The Best Year of Your Life?
BOOK REVIEW: May This Be The Best Year of Your Life
Sandra Bornstein faces choices: Will she stay in her home in Colorado alone or find a new job on another continent? Her husband’s new job requires him to live part time in India. She must make a decision that might rattle the rest of us but even after many changes in circumstances she continues on and honors her commitments to the best of her abilities. I read this book about a Jewish American International Teacher in India all in one sitting at the Park Hotel Ashram in Pondicherry (the home of Pi Patel from Life of Pi in India) sitting next to my husband. As a Jewish American Teacher myself, I felt a special relationship to Bornstein’s life and her story. I thought, “Could this be me?” What if that happened on our trip? What if I decided to teach in India instead of travel on sabbatical?
From the beginning of the story, it is clear that this journey will be full of twists, turns, potholes and the greatest of fears– surgery in an Indian hospital. Bornstein has clearly broken out of her routine, and this year abroad is definitely “the road less traveled” but I am sure it was a surprise that it included so many extra trips to the bathroom.
As Bornstein says, “One minute I felt that an Indian adventure was something to look forward to—a new challenge for the next stage of our lives. And in a blink, I’d change my mind and feel like our cat, Chloe, who likes to hide under the bed.”
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