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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  1. Paresh Jobanputra Said,

    November 21, 2008 @ 2:34 am

    Have a wonderful time all. I trust you will come back more rounded (more than now) individuals. Look forward to learning about your experiences.

  2. Marcus Said,

    November 21, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

    Wow. You’re really there! How fantastic. Looking forward to your blog, and will be following you, virtually.

  3. Flea Said,

    November 26, 2008 @ 5:41 am

    Fabulous to still be in touch.

  4. Steve Ball Said,

    November 27, 2008 @ 6:49 am

    Hope you’re all OK. Lots in the news today about terrorist attack in Mumbai. But India’s a big country so trust you are all well.


  5. sharon Said,

    November 27, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

    guess what?
    i had a training session at work today “equality and diversity” – can’t remember the names of the people now but it was the woman who was your daughter in “the corner shop” and a lady with big curly hair (we kept trying to work out when we have met – but i think it was probably just on your doorstep at some point)and a bloke wit long hair and webbed fingers!!!


    it went down really well
    so much better than the usual dry stuff we get in our training sessions

  6. Izzie Kai Said,

    November 28, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

    Hey guys,
    Hope your havin agreat time in India and i hope none of you are gettin hurt. Everyone in yr 5 wishes you a merry christmas sanjeev and anya same to you from your class and especially felix… sorry sunesh i dont really talk to any of your m8s but i miss you, well i miss all of you. I hope you all will have a gret time in India and i ll see when you get back.
    Lots and lots of love
    Izzie Kai xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. sanjeev Said,

    November 29, 2008 @ 12:39 am

    lovin the website and missin everyone so i say to 6p miss u all and c u in 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!

    happy christmas and happy new year


  8. nirja Said,

    November 29, 2008 @ 6:42 am

    Hi folks

    relieved to see u are all ok and having a great time.
    fab pictures and look forward to seeing your adventures
    Birmingham seems very quiet and peaceful- I’m assumng that’s just a coincidence since you left, whereas India is a bit chaotic at the moment.
    hope all of you and your family are well.
    speak soon
    love nirja

  9. jonnie and louie Said,

    November 29, 2008 @ 6:58 am

    hey looks like u r all havin a great time.

    Are u going to school everyday?

    love the pixie dancer in the fort.

    take care


  10. nirja Said,

    November 29, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

    Hi Guys

    great to see you all having a great time .
    Amazing how quiet and peaceful Birmingham seems- coincidence maybe since you guys left and how chaotic India has become since you got there!!
    Stay safe and well
    speak soon.
    love nirja

  11. Craig Charlotte and Robin Said,

    December 3, 2008 @ 12:31 am

    Hello to all of you

    Glad to see from all the great photos that you are having a great time.

    Just going to scrape the ice of the car and take Robin to KHPS

    Love to all

    C C and R xx

  12. johnny Said,

    December 30, 2008 @ 6:14 am

    htLw22 Thanks for good post