Category Archives: Experiences

A quick note on haircuts

My family holds me infamous for my history of bad haircuts. I’m to blame for misdirected styles that come straight from a Tekken lineup. But hairdressers must share credit for the slanderous photo legacy that I left in my wake. … Continue reading

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10 things I’ve done this year (but haven’t told you about)

Often I mean to blog about an experience but don’t quite get round to it. When I do find the time, the moment has gone. Here’s a quick cap of 10 memorable moments I haven’t covered, before I forget. 1. … Continue reading

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Ode to a hearing aid

I don’t talk much about my hearing aid. Recently, though, I’ve felt the need to write memoirs on behalf of the little black box on the side of my head. You see, my hearing aid is nearing the end of … Continue reading

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Foreigner no more

Last Tuesday I took a train to Jaipur to meet my parents. Sat opposite me in the same berth were two teenagers, one boy and one girl. They were immaculately dressed; they seemed wealthy. The boy wore a pristine white … Continue reading

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Ice-cream ‘chores’

Last night a few children started a commotion in the corner of the resource room. They were looking outside at the perimeter wall, but when I went over to look I saw nothing. A few minutes later another of the … Continue reading

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Gardening (how mundane)

I’m a reluctant gardener, a few too many memories of seemingly endless chores in my parents oversized farm-cum-common; using a pickaxe to dig a pond, or a hoe to tear down overgrown bushes. The Canadian volunteers who visited last week … Continue reading

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Minu Manovikas Mandir to York College

Here in Chachiyawas we are lucky enough to have an array of technology and computer hardware. Unfortunately, most of our equipment is rusting or patched together; our computers crawling with viruses. What’s left is derelict through misuse or no-use at … Continue reading

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Laptop woes

Yesterday my laptop broke. Not in the standard, oh, I have a virus…, or, maybe I can just reinstall windows…. Not even a quick format. It physically broke. Maybe I’m being dramatical (me? never!). The actual computer is fine, but … Continue reading

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Crescent School volunteer visit

We recently had a team of Canadian volunteers visit from Crescent School in Canada. Since I arrived in August they are the first volunteers to come to Chachiyawas, something they do on an annual basis to redevelop parts of the … Continue reading

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Directions and opportunities

It’s a recent admission that I lack direction. I’m sure this comes as no surprise to colleagues and friends, who have long frowned upon my regular forays into unknown or ambitious climates; laden with aspirations and intentions and lacking thought-out … Continue reading

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