We saw Kalpana watching the little ducks in Audubon Park just after we had seen another little duck who had been redirected by her mom to come back to the grass instead of running on the “pedestrians route”. We stopped and got into a conversation with Kalpana. It was quite easy to start the conversation: About dugs – what else:–)))
Actually we walked almost the whole round in the park together. Kalpana is originally from India and she is a professional storyteller who also teaches students reading in school. She told us about a idea she picked up called the “Little Free Library.” That means she invites people to her house on 616 General Taylor Street. That happened this week. Everybody who is interested in the idea just brought a book with themselves and put it in the shelf in front of her house. In return you could take a book with you from the shelf and put it back after you finished reading it. It was quite an interesting mix of people. Finally I realized there where a lot of teachers Kalpana knows from her job at the Trinity School.
It was a kind of exiting to me when I realized that I tapped into another “network” of New Orleans cooking called: “You are Where you eat- Stories and Receies from the Neigborhoods of New Orleans” of Elsa Hahne. On the table in the living room were this cooking book which describes a numerous of different “cooking nations” from New Orleans in one book. Kalpana Saxena is one of them. So I talked to her about my passion for cooking. That´s what we gonna do next: Cooking together:–)))
Kalpana also read for us. She shared her latest reading adventure about elephants in Iran called the “Elephant Wisperer” of Lawrence Anthony . Another real story was about “serious faces who became really young” I taped it. Have a short insight…