the inevitability of a gundu…

That’s Amulu, one of my little house mates and she is getting a “gundu” or shaved head. With so many children living in close proximity the inevitable breakouts of head lice occur and when they do…with so many kids, the gundu for the smaller kids is the most effective method of eradication. Though she was a little upset at the time, Amulu was laughing and playing within minutes and completely head lice free!!!

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skulls and butterfly wings…

Up close and personal with an Andhra Butterfly. Found it dying outside my door hence the detail i was able to capture.

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Is it just me or can you spot the image of a skull in amongst the inside wing pattern above? …and i was amazed by the long curly tongue.

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It’s a Papilio Demoleus or Lime Butterfly. Not rare but absolutely exquisite. it has a life span of about 5 days.

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nadars coffee and general stores…

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Now that Vijayawada is to become state capital, many changes are afoot as fancy brand stores and enormous malls spring up everywhere almost over night, but Besant Rd thankfully remains unchanged, it’s where normal folks go to buy just about anything and is absolutely the best place in Vijayawada to go shopping or just have a wander about.

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…Nadars Coffee and General Stores, or Spice World as i like to call it, is by far my favourite spice shop on Besant road.

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Its old school, nothing fancy and you can buy a bag of spices for around 13 or 14 pence. My favourites are the different chilli mixes, especially chilli with coconut that you can sprinkle over your rice or breakfast idli.

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They also roast and grind their own coffee beans. In India smell is really one of the senses that is really at the forefront of everyday living…sometimes very good and sometimes very, very bad, but here inside Nadar’s, the mix of smells is intoxicating.

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pay at the till, while ancestors look on…

other foody posts on this blog:

upgrades like buses and a lot of food fabada con almejas/beans and clams preserving wild garlic tortilla de maiz y chicharrones fabada asturiana lemons mrs beeton and colombia merluza-a-la-cazuela lebre con castañas callos a la gallega ossobuco vs xerrete in praise of colombian food restaurant still lives few flowered recipes first forage of the season nose to tail and farajullas flloeira cocido gallego albariño wine genius chorizos returning to the matanza chocolate con churros pani puri sunday cicchetti tea-break baracca empanada revelations in a milanese restaurant further adventures in foraging cooking the haul foraging2 foraging nose to tail (s)light relief pulpo a la gallega the matanza morcilla and dying arts jamòn serrano

old fashioned games…

Good old fashioned fun and games…never gets boring. There was a little impromptu holiday at the orphanage and games were organised for the kids using whatever was to hand. Bloody brilliant!!!

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a house, a person, a tree…

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This is a nice exercise,  especially at the beginning of a course. You get your students to draw a picture of; a house, a person, a tree, a bush, flowers and then 5 more elements of their choosing.

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I give them only one pen to make the drawing which forces them more to think of the drawing and contents, i also try to make them sit separately and copying is forbidden!!!

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The idea is to show them that even if the drawings are all of the same subject, they can produce very different and individual works…

IMG_9436I really love the gothic nature of this one by Markmalli…a very individual thinker.

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