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Indian bathroom etiquette

My host-father hands me the empty canister, a plastic bottle with the top hacked off. It’s pretty grim. In Gujarati he explains – I suspect – that I should take the container to the floodwater lake, scoop up some water, … Continue reading

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India’s problem-solving problem

When a fallen tree obstructs the road, do you stop to move it? Or do you drive around it? Two days ago five child marriages took place in Chachiyawas, on my doorstep. Ten spritely children, blessed with potential, were needlessly … 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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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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I’ve been interviewed!

I’ve been interviewed in the Indian national paper, Daily News and Analysis India The profile gives a well rounded perspective of my work in gay equality and my perspectives on equality in India. I’ve also shared experiences as a gay … Continue reading

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Cash-point panic and cartography

The beauty of living in foreign environment is the speed at which you’re able to reflect on events and learn from them, out of necessity and because each experience is so new. Even with the hindsight of only a few … Continue reading

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E3 Competition and Delhi

This time last week I had just spent the day interviewing children and their families in Ajmer for a now-extensive study I was doing on our vocational counseling programme for disabled adults. I was arriving at home for what I … Continue reading

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Christmas in Beawar

I’m currently in Beawar, a city of around 200,000 people, just south of Ajmer in Rajasthan. I arrived yesterday morning and I’m going to be here for the next few days, camping inside an empty classroom. It’s a quiet city, … Continue reading

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School Chale Hum (We go to school)

Here’s a video we watched during November workshop that I wanted to share. We watched it at 6am and I remember getting a little emotional – it’s got a feel good factor. The video and song perfectly capture the simplicity … Continue reading

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Beawar Bal Mela

Last Friday we held a childrens’ fair in Beawar. Beawar is a small city about seventy kilometers south of here, and it’s where our second school, Sanjay Special School, is based. The work we do with children suffering from learning … Continue reading

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