Archive for November, 2008

Cooking

Anya was a natural squatter

Anya was a natural squatter

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Mumbai journey

Here are just a few sights from our first road journey from Mumbai airport to Moti Pethan in Gujarat. The journey took about 6 hours but the photos are from the first hour – after that, we all fell asleep! Well, it was a hot day and I didn’t sleep on the plane….

advertising is used to hide ugly buildings

advertising is used to hide ugly buildings

hitching a ride

hitching a ride

real estate anyone?

real estate anyone?

sweaty Bettys in the back

sweaty Bettys in the back

building a fly-over in his flip-flops

building a fly-over in his flip-flops

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Village School

On Wednesday 26th Nov. we all visited the local primary school to meet the pupils and have a look around. That didn’t take long because there are only two classrooms, one teacher and nine pupils. The children were aged 5-9 and they all come from Moti Pethan. School starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm. The children have a 20 minute break in the morning and the same in the afternoon with half an hour for lunch. The school meal comes from the secondary school nearby and is paid for by the government. The school uniforms are paid for by our dada! (grandfather)

The children are very disciplined and they will do anything the teacher asks them. As you can see from the pictures there are no desks and the children sit in rows on the floor. None of the pupils’ work is put on display, it gets locked away in cupboards! Instead the wall displays look really old-fashioned and worn.

While we were there they performed a funny little song and dance which I’ll show you when I get back. see ya, Sanjeev x

Whole school line-up

Whole school line-up

Now children, are you sitting comfortably?

Now children, are you sitting comfortably?

The other classroom

The other classroom

The classroom wall display

The classroom wall display

Everyone does their A, B, C's

Everyone does their A, B, C's

Performing a song for the visitors

Performing a song for the visitors

Snack time

Snack time

Outside the school entrance

Outside the school entrance

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Moti Pethan

Here are a few images from our village to show you some of the local sights

The road in to Moti Pethan

The road in to Moti Pethan

Moti Pethan village school - and all pupils and staff + 3 of us!

Moti Pethan village school - and all pupils and staff + 3 of us!

The village shop with all your essentials!

The village shop with all your essentials!

The village pond

The village pond

3 cheeky chappies!

3 cheeky chappies!

Here's where you collect your eggs!

Here is where you get your eggs!

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Welcome

Phew! At last, here I am in front of a computer and I can start compiling a few pages to keep you all amused. We’ve been here a week and are starting to get in to the groove a bit (I’ve got over the ‘flu!). I’ve had no luck connecting to the internet at the house despite phone engineer visits etc so I’m sitting in local internet cafe with slow dial-up connection and chopped up computers – let’s see how this works…

Below is a map so you can see where we are. Our village is called Moti Pethan and Bharti’s dad lives here (and was born here 73 years ago!). Bharti’s mum comes from a village called Karadi a few kilometers away. I will post pictures from both villages to show you what typical houses look like, how people cook, what jobs they do, oh and some of the many animals here!

It’s been great to read messages from some of you already and we are all looking forward to hearing from you via this blog over the coming weeks. Next week we are planning to go travelling for a couple of weeks around Gujarat and will try to keep you updated via internet cafes – probably text rather than photos. We were going to travel in Maharastra and Karnatika but the attack in Mumbai has made that difficult so we will stick closer to home for a while.
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