India Blog 2019

India Blog 2019

Day 4 - Tuesday: The Garba

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Again, we had another interesting journey to school.  There are no rules on the roads - anything goes!  We saw lots of things out of the car windows: cows, more cows, barber shops giving outdoor shaves, piles of chillis ready for sale, mopeds, street dogs and lots of auto rickshaws zipping about.

We had a fun day teaching more maths and enjoyed an art workshop where we decorated some ceramic pots.  The rest of the day was spent preparing our outfits for the Garba.  This is part of the Hindu Navrati festival which happens in October but Bachpan put on a special event just for us.

       

Here's what our children had to say about the Garba:

Ella: It was very colourful and lots of the lovely children helped us learn the dance moves.  My dress was very beautiful with lots of mirrors and decorations which made it heavy to wear.

Tom: I enjoyed making some friends and learning some dance moves which were tricky at first but okay once you got into the rhythm.  I enjoyed listening to some Indian music which made a nice change (I picked up the rhythm quicker than my Mum!)

Will: I thought the music was very different to English music and it was nice to hear different songs.  It looked like everyone was happy and enjoying themselves - I enjoyed it too.

Olivia: I loved wearing my colourful dress and jewellery.  Lots of people wanted to take my photo and said I was cute!

               

              

We finished the evening with an amazing meal at Chitra's house where we met here lovely family too, including her 90 year old Grandma.  We enjoyed the delicious food finishing off with chai tea - traditional India tea. All the children loved this too as it was so sweet!

      

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Day 3 - Monday: What a welcome!

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Oh my goodness!  We have never experienced a welcome like this before.  

We were up early excited and a bit nervous about our first day at Bachpan school.  The drive to school was fascinating as all journeys here seem to be.  Once we arrived at school we were welcomed like royalty with rose petals, fireworks and lots of welcoming faces.  We were given a tour of the school by some of the older children - some of them have been to Southroyd before so it was good to catch up.  We were given lots lovely gifts, cards and flower garlands as we visited some of the classrooms and met the children.

       

        

Later, we taught our first lesson - maths problem solving.  It was a new experience for the Bachpan children investigating problems in such a different way but they tackled them enthusiastically.  Our children also had fun teaching some English games to a small group of Bachpan students.  A great way to make friends!

        

This evening we visited a farm just outside of Surendranagar.  It was a beautiful evening and we saw lots of different Indian crops growing and we finished the visit with a lovely picnic outside and watched the sun go down.

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Day 2 - Sunday: The Road to Surendranagar

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To finish our day yesterday we visited a Krishna Hindu Temple.  Inside were beautiful pictures on the walls and ceilings showing the deity, as well as statues with offerings of flowers and fruit.  It was full of worshipers and it was really interesting to see the prayers.

We ended the day with pizza - yummy.

This morning, we packed up and set off for Surendranagar.  What a journey!  

Olivia said: "It was fantastic and I saw a camel!"

Tom: "I can't believe I'm actually in India - there's so much to look at."

Ella: "It's hot!  The journey was really comfortable and we made a tally of how many camels, goats, cows, dogs and buffalo we saw.  Cows won!  It's amazing."

Will: "Oh my gosh.....so many animals to look at."

            

We stopped for a little while on our journey and took a look at some of the crops in the fields.  We picked cotton which was very soft to touch and had a look at some castor oil seeds.

             

Arriving at Sanjay and Meena's house, we received a warm welcome with a fabulous home cooked meal.  We all tucked in and particularly enjoyed the puris.  We even had a puri competition - Will won after eating 12!  Olivia came a close second.

We are really looking forward to going to school tomorrow and meeting all the children.

           

          

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We've arrived!

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After a long flight we finally arrived at Ahmedabad!  We were warmly welcomed by Sanjay Sir, Chaitali and Chitra and then had a very interesting drive to Sanjay Sir and Meena Ma'am's lovely city apartment.  We saw lots of sights on the journey including street dogs, oxen, cows, donkeys and goats (even in the dark).  We couldn't wait to see it all in the daylight.

We had a much needed sleep and woke up feeling fresh.

Our children said they are looking forward to new adventures.

This morning we explored the local park and met lots of local children who were interested in where we were from. We then had lunch - a lovely mixture of amazing Southern Indian food. The children had a taste of the cool food and enjoyed it.

         

        

          

Written by Mrs Ward, Mrs Jobson and Ella

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Not long now!

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Me and Mrs Ward are very excited about our trip to India.  We are currently packing all the lovely gifts you have given us to take - I hope we have enough room!

Make sure you read our blog to find out what we are up to and to see our photographs.  We would love to answer any questions you have so add them in the comments.

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