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A big hello from one of your instructors!

Dearest students,

I am writing you this note as I sit out on the porch with a perfect view of the Pacific Ocean in Maui, Hawaii. I’ve just finished eating a delicious breakfast with my family- we’re all here on vacation. I am drinking a cup of tea, something you will hopefully come to love during our summer together in Ladakh, and will soon get ready to spend the entire day baking in the sun on the beach with a novel for company. I sometimes like to balance my rather busy and full Dragons days with very calm and restful breaks where I do an abundance of nothing.

Here’s a brief little background of how I came to be a Dragons Instructor. When I was eight, I was in Bombay, India, the city I was born in, thoroughly dissatisfied with my life at school. I convinced my parents to let me go to boarding school and that’s where I spent the next 9 years of my life. It’s a cliché to say, but I do feel truly lucky to have spent my childhood in the beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. I then spent four years in New York doing a degree in liberal arts, while also taking 6 months to live and study in Germany. I did all sorts of things after this, like, work in advertising, write for a magazine, teach, spend lots of time in Ladakh, work on a farm and get a Master’s in International Education Policy. I was then thrilled to find my way to Dragons.

I recently finished instructing a semester in Nepal, my first one there. It was a most wonderful semester and I hope to return sometime soon. But for now, I am so looking forward to spending time with you all very soon in my favourite place in the entire world. I so look forward to meeting you, getting to know you, travelling and adventuring with you and learning from and with you. I hope you are as excited as I am. Even if you are feeling something else, a tiny bit nervous, or buckets full of curious, I encourage you to step into this summer with your eyes, arms and heart wide open. Because Ladakh will definitely be doing the same.

I’m excited to soon be in the Sierras with Hemant and Alena, my lovely co-instructors this summer and continue planning our exciting summer together.

As your arrival in India draws closer, I imagine you might have some questions. Chances are, other students have these questions too, so please post them on the Yak board. If you have a more personal concern, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected]

In anticipation,

Uttara