Monthly Archives: November 2012

Homeward bound

In half an hour I’ll face the madness of Hyderabad traffic and head to the airport for a flight to Dubai. Here are a few lighthearted observations of my time in India: Always carry toilet roll or tissues with you … Continue reading

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You can take a girl from the country…

I have just spent the last two days with women farmers near Zaheerabad, a couple of hours drive outside Hyderabad. Or  Hyderamad as my colleague Deborah now calls it. It was the most wonderful and uplifting experience being with these … Continue reading

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Culture mix

Last night we flew from Madurai to Hyderabad. As soon as we arrived I could tell that Hyderabad was different to the other towns and cities we had been in. It appeared a lot more westernised and all the billboards … Continue reading

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Living positively

Today I sat in a room of 25 people or more where I was in the minority not because of my race or religion but because of my health status. I am not HIV positive. You might think the mood … Continue reading

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Be grateful for what you’ve got

Last night we flew from Chennai to Madurai, which is more inland towards the west. The car that I travelled in to the hotel wasn’t air conditioned so we drove along with the windows down. A  warm, balmy breeze blew … Continue reading

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Standing strong

On Saturday morning, our partner SASY took us to meet some Dalits from various rural communities around the Pondicherry area. They had come to share their stories with us – stories of discrimination, torture, murder and injustice. The mood was sombre as … Continue reading

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From North to South

I can’t quite believe how much we pack into each day. It’s after 11pm and I’ve been up since 4am, having flown from Delhi in the North to Chennai in the South. So tonight’s blog will be shorter not just … Continue reading

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First impressions of Delhi

I’ve only been here a few hours and my senses are overloaded. The first thing I noticed was the fragrance of exotic spices wafting through the airport, closely followed by a cacophony of car horns all blasting at the one … Continue reading

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To do or not to do – that is the question.

As a compulsive list maker I have finally come to the conclusion that to do lists are not there to help me get organised but to make me feel stressed and inadequate. In 2 days time I head to India … Continue reading

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Has anyone seen my comfort zone?

Do you ever get the feeling that you wished you could do something else, something completely different? Well that’s exactly what I felt about a year ago. It was all brought to a head by the death of my mum … Continue reading

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