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attention, at ease…

School assembly for the seniors…a whistles is blown and a woman commands “attention, at ease”, eventually after prayers and notices the kids file back.

These are tough times for them. They are in the thick of exams…which by all accounts are quite demanding. In the Indian educational system the kids do not require to think but they do need to MEMORIZE and regurgitate facts…a huge amount of them. You see them studying by murmuring mantras of facts over and over. This week they had exams in Telugu, Hindi, English and Maths…

photography boys…

Some of my senior photography class on a field trip to the neighbouring village. Nice, kind, intelligent, funny boys…incredible considering the start they had in life. Some of their work from that day below:

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Dalayya, Santosh, Harsha, mvp, Syam, Ravi Teja, Daniel – the pose was all their idea

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Actually the boys manage to take photos i would never get. I do seriously instruct them about being respectful about taking photos and to never take one if someone seems uncomfortable. Being local boys they wander in and out of houses (asking first of course) effortlessly…i am always reticent…

I would also like to single out this shot taken by Dalayya, also my student from last year. Sometimes i would let him keep the camera overnight. He lives in the Lake Home with the other older boys and he came back with this photo which blew me away. It is like something out of a Scorcese movie and gives something of the atmosphere of how it must be to live in this house with these boys. He did not really understand why i liked it so much and he consistently took great photos but this one is my absolute favourite…

wild flora…

Wild flower/herbs/weed sellers on Besant Rd in Vijayawada – frustratingly i can’t find anyone to identify the ones i don’t recognise (i think i see marigolds, flat leaf parsley/coriander…)

Also frustrating is that the countryside around me though fertile is so toxic with human waste and goodness knows what else that i would never consider tying to find any interesting wild food. A real shame because of the tropical climate, the flora is lush and abundant…

gangireddu…

On a photography field trip with the kids in Buddavaram i ran into this itinerant musician and his decorated ox (in telegu – Gangireddu). He plays a tune for a handful of rice or 10 rupees. Am mesmerised and a little horrified by the animal.

To hear the music watch the film below: that’s Daniel, one of my students explaining things to me, and the “mummy, mummy” voice is a village kid, they call all female foreigners and any authority figures “mummy”.  Am well used to it by now…

feeding the 1500…

Christmas day preparations – This is what it takes to feed 1500 round these parts…

1000 orphanage kids, 200 older kids now in college and 300 sundry guests and extras…

Meanwhile in my home, Lusiana Home, the girls go a little christmas crazy…

… and at night the nativity play complete with angels, kings, goats and cows…