I worked as a professor of philosophy for most of my life. Believing that most real understanding is experiential I encouraged students to set aside what we think we know, and to embrace the world with a deep sense of openness and curiosity. As a result of this commitment I founded a program in India focusing on rural development, and I have lived there many times.
I also grew up in a family of photographers. My fondest memory as a child is spending time with my grandfather in the red lights of his darkroom.
Although I will always be an outsider to India I resonate with Raghubir Singh's admonition that India is not reflected through a sole concern for "beauty in abjection". The cycles of Indian life defy stereotype. I am attracted to India because it constantly surprises me.