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Recent Activity For a while the Typepad site was blocked, and even after days and days of working with Typepad support we could not get it to work. This was probably due to government blocking, as there were news reports of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
Find us at For a while I could not get into typepad, in spite of days of working with the typepad team. I could see posts but could not write or change. The final conclusion was that the government... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
Charlene, You got it! I haven't heard of this at the other missionary schools, but who knows really? So much goes on, everwhere, that no one knows about until the questions are asked. And parents are very cowed by school administrators and teachers. Kolkata: The City of Egg Shells! thanks for listening.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2011 on Cleanliness is Next to Godliness at Shishur Sevay
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I'm here in NYC, at the home of my older daughter, her husband, and my new granddaughter. But my mind keeps going back to India. I can honestly say that nothing I've seen or experienced in India over the last... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
My previous blog asked the question of , "Another word for Orphan is _____?" I've had lots of good suggestions, but none that spoke to the experience of their solitary existence, their un-rootedness. None seemed to be what they might... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
Words, names, labels... I'm working on a brochure for Shishur Sevay, with a deadline of one week. I need to get it done and out. I'm slow because I keep getting lost in pictures, and memories. "My kids are sooooo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
We have brokered peace in the neighborhood. We still want to move, but it will not happen quickly. We simply don't have the money. But we do have peace for now, and it's been a process involving the neighbors and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
The girls are getting ready to go to sleep. The TV is off, lights out, and they have closed the door to my office so I won't hear them whispering. The classroom cleaning team is almost finished and soon they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
The "elephant in the room" is an expression describing when something is so obvious, but no one wants to talk about it. So they talk about it, pretending it is not there. The elephant, the most obvious problem and challenge... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
This is a moment I worried about, when the girls discovered the internet and You Tube. Now I have to make sure access is controlled. It hasn't been, as teachers use it for teaching. But now the girls have figured... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
In the midst of all the problems of the neighborhood, finding a new home, we cannot allow ourselves to be distracted from why Shishur Sevay exists. We are here for the children, our children, for their education, their safety, their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
Yesterday people came to look at the house. They liked it and they will bring the rest of the family tomorrow. The ones who came to look were four Punjabi men, two generations -- nice people I would want to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
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Mar 1, 2011
It has been hard explaining exactly what is the trouble, and why we have to move, but we can still stay in the general neighborhood. So I made a picture. When I was a kid I spent hours and hours... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
When my younger daughter was little she used to assess me as to whether I had been a good mother or not for that day. The assessment tended to be weighted towards the end of the day, so if I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
"OK," I say to myself, "But how do I do this?" Where do I start? Do we find a place to live first or sell the house first? Breaking down the process to individual parts, or challenges, I see the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
Before the night after Saraswati Puja, the night of the "Barbarians at the Gates" more aptly here, the "Goonda's at the Gates" life was already challenging -- just the work of raising 12 children with different needs, schooling, nurturing, guiding,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
It is always a struggle as to how much to reveal about the harsh realities of life here. Tonight was another riot at our gate; the police responded eventually. No, we are not safe here. I don't know what the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
Shishur Sevay enjoys a wonderful relationship with the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM). We happened to go there one day, loved it, and have been back several times since. I don't know how to reference past posts but I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
It has to have been more than ten years ago. The words are still with me, "If you don't like your mother you can always go to the Mall for another one." My daughter and I still "joke" about it.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at Shishur Sevay
Our Christmas here is a secular one, and it is a lot of fun because the girls have no expectations. It's just a chance to celebrate, and to take part in another part of Indian culture. (As I write this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2010 at Shishur Sevay
"Well, none of our donors are going to pay this much to feed orphans! They won't pay for orphans to eat what a wealthy child would eat!" Sitting and talking with us was a man connected with several funding groups,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at Shishur Sevay
The teacher was responding to my question as to whether she had marked and scored the practice examinations she had just given to the girls. No she had not. She had marked mistakes but had not scored the papers. Why?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at Shishur Sevay
Today is Children's Day. We spent it in the country. We went to visit a home for children with disabilities started by a friend here. She has spent her life in the area of social services. The children are sent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at Shishur Sevay
Jumping right into the subject, this afternoon a teacher told me about an interraction she had the day before with one of the girls. "Aunty, every night I pray to God. I don't want anything for myself. I just pray... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at Shishur Sevay