Friday, August 20, 2010

New hobby?

I really want to learn how to play the mandolin now. (note: this was supposed to be a video, but it isn't working, so I'm just posting a picture for now.)

This was at Internationalization Day at JNTUK (a University). There were a few speeches, then we each got up and introduced ourselves (I swear, everywhere we go, we become the guests of honor. Not because we have reason to be, but simply because we're from America), then there was a talent show of sorts.

We did the Macarena...but only because they turned on the Macarena song when we went onstage. We had kind of learned a Telugu lullaby, called Chandamama Rave (that's "rah-vey," not "rave"), but we're glad they saved us the embarrassment of singing it. It would be like someone coming to America and singing "Rock-a-bye Baby" at a college talent show with a really terrible accent, but trying to be sincere. Not good. The mandolin guy was my favorite, just ahead of a girl who did an amazing 15 minute dance routine (holy stamina, Batman), a girl who did a lovely traditional dance (see picture below), and a guy that sang Backstreet Boys' "I Want it That Way."

Here's the traditional dancer:

Here are the Nuckolls' twins, Kathryn and Maggie, who upstaged us by singing a Hindu prayer:

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