Monthly Archives: November 2010

re-acclimatising…

…have a couple of days to re-acclimatise before work starts…back to my old haunt, looking for butterflies by the river…

The ladies who are always there washing clothes call me over to take photos…laughing uproariously (at me) when i do…i don’t mind.

Hindu prayer markings on tree…

Luisiana Home, one of the many houses within the orphanage campus and my home (again) too for a while…

Every afternoon after lunch, the girls sleep on mats on the floor. They sleep on mats on the floor at night too in dorms upstairs. The place is scrupulously clean, swept several times and day and passed with a mop. It’s so basic, hygiene equals civilization, without it everything breaks down, as can be seen all around us beyond the orphanage walls.  I am super lucky by the way, i get a room to myself with a bed and AC…the ultimate luxury as even now in winter it’s still hitting 30 degrees…

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weird religion & evening constitutional…

took my evening constitutional to the neighbouring village…as ever i garnered a lot of attention…but i walk a lot around here so hopefully the palaver will die down…there was a bit of a religious bent to this one (a legacy of italian missionaries who came here in the 1940’s)

proud mary emerges from a stagnant lake

zombie pose jesus, behind you!

politics and religion

jesus christ express lorry service

At first i thought these were chillies drying in the sun but on closer inspection i found it to be meat and a lot of flies…not sure how it dehydrates in this humidity.

…and a whole new series of Requested Portraits begins – photographs taken at the behest of the subject

arrival…

…so five hours sleep in Hyderabad airport and then back on a plane, this time a short 1 hour to Vijayawada…

Kingfisher propeller plane – small but comfy, i now fly over familiar territory as we follow the Krishna River towards Vijayawada…can’t take many photos as am not supposed to…

am offered a cheese scone (?) sandwich, which is nicer than it looks…

…and i am met again as i was last year by little girls bearing flower garlands.

So nice this time every thing is familiar, i know people, remember the children, they remember me…I arrive in the orphanage and promptly fall asleep for HOURS. I wake up and for at least 20 seconds literally have no clue where i am…feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland…

…incidentally this is what 5 hours sleep in 48 hours looks like…with garland…

airline food and changing time zones…

9.50 AM

…Breakfast is served. Morning flight  to London from Edinburgh. I LOVE airline food,  almost all my travelling these days is via budget airlines, so “free” airline food has become very exotic for me…

On the other hand i always loved airline food…and yes i know it tastes awful…but…i just love how it all comes compartmentalised…all the mini purpose-built utensils…a place for everything and everything in its place…

3.45 AM

Lunch is served on a flight from London to Hyderabad…
Hurrah for the flights to India, the food is pretty good. Notice a rather decent Faustino Rioja just out of focus there…

While on board i make sure to never decline the offer of wine…not to drink on board, but instead to take with me for my stay in india and to savour at a later date. I manage to accumulate 4 small bottles…I found wine pretty hard to come by last time i was in India, where i am going it is not sold in supermarkets in the nearest city of Vijayawada and the “off licences” are hidden, clandestine affairs…

sweet,salty,spicy…

10.15 PM

but with the time change really

3.45 AM

as we are nearing Hyderabad…breakfast is served again…


Damn should have taken the veggie option!!…i gaze enviously at everyone else who is tucking into some yummy looking indian spicy chickpea/veg affair while i am faced with this…

a challenge i will admit even with my love of this particular genre of food (allegedly that is a cheese frittata by the way)

4.30 AM

we land, the heat is somewhat overwhelming after the chilly night i spent in Edinburgh airport at the beginning of all this…

6.00 AM

Hyderabad airport – after 1 and a half hours waiting for bags, customs etc…Bliss in the form of the plaza lounge, you can purchase a room for 6 hours for 2200 rupees (€35), a lot of money in india and a lot of money for me come to think of it. For your money you get a windowless cubicle pretty much the size of a double bed but scrupulously clean, with its own bathroom and internet…and free food in the lounge HURRAH!!  6 hours till my next flight, at last i can sleep…

india again…

The blog has been going for just over a year now. I began it to record a project i was running in India, in an orphanage called Daddy’s Home in rural Andhra Pradesh…Obviously it has grown into something more now, but i digress…the point is that i am going back to India, to that same orphanage in Buddavaram and to the same school where i taught for 5 weeks this time last year. Keep watching for updates and i will hope that the internet is slightly less erratic than it was last year!. Checked the weather…can expect a week of thunderstorms and temps around 30C…

For more on the classes i taught and the material produced by the students from last year, click on the images below:

photography classes

the alphabet project

crafts

drawing

computer class