WOODSTOCK, Ill. -- As some of you know, I spent two years of my boyhood in India. My parents were not missionaries, but for part of the first year there I attended Woodstock School, a boarding school in Landour-Mussoorie in the foothills of the Himalayas that was mostly full of children of Christian missionaries.
(Yes, I have Woodstocks all over my life. I've been here in my hometown of Woodstock for a high school reunion this past weekend, my wife is from near Woodstock, Vt., and I attended Woodstock School in India, to say nothing of the several other Woodstocks I've been in over the years.)
My parents were stationed at the Allahabad Agriculture Institute in north-central India. Dad was part of a University of Illinois ag team.
In many ways, I felt like an alien boy in an alien culture, for that's exactly what I was, even though many of my classmates were Americans.
It has taken many years to process my experiences there but, in the end, those experiences have given me a broader insight into the diversity of human in the world and into our commonalities.
All of which is an introduction to letting you know about a short film set at Woodstock School. It's called "The Road Home," and is directed by Rahul Gandotra, who attended Woodstock School for eight years, though well after I was there.
I invite you to explore the film's website and get a copy of this relatively short film (under 25 minutes). It's charming and raises universal questions about how we live with one another and what our obligations are to one another, whether we're of different races or different religions. If you want to get e-mailed a free sampler of the movie, click here.
(The photo here today shows me and my sister Mary in New Delhi speaking to Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. In the back is U.S. Ambassador to India Ellsworth Bunker.)
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P.S.: While I'm gone I probably won't have time to post the usual second item here each day. I'll get back to that in a few days.