I have been playing lots of cricket. There have been elections in India recently so all the schools (at least here) closed for 10 days. So we play 1-4 games of cricket each day. Depending on the heat. Otherwise its scram (the indoor, under the fans, alternative), which is basically pool, but with little discs that you flick with your fingers on a one meter square table.
Ahhh snakes! We see about one a week here. The biggest the kids have killed (that ive see) is about a foot long. Though 2 nights ago there was an appearance of the mother, which was reported by very credible sources, to be 2-3 meters in length. They threw cleaning acid on it and it slithered away into the night. Rajesh, the manager guy, has some nice burns on his hands to show from the whole escapade.
In rain news. We had the first of the season a few weeks back. It was awesome and unexpected. After 3 or so weeks here, not seeing a drop of rain, and after a particularly hot day, it was very awesome to see the beginning of the rains. Epic was almost an appropriate word. It hit at about 8.30pm, just after dark, but for the first hour or so there was lightning every 3-4 seconds, amidst the super heavy rain. Only once was the thunder scary. I thought a plane had crashed in the yard it was so loud and long. Enough to set my heart pumping as I lay in my little mosquito net encased bed.
In other exciting news I had my first ring worm, there should be a pic of it below, its the thing on my foot. Good thing that it is common enough that cream to fix it was 10rs (about 30 cents), very danger!
Ahh Load shedding just hit. Power is a little shaky out here. Tho we prolly get a good 16 hours a day. Although in saying that they usually ‘shed the load’ at peak times. Which makes it a little more suck, for example: if dinner at 8 gets delayed, chances are halfway through the meal the lights will go out. This can be difficult. Lucky eating with your hands allow the advantage over utensils of knowing exactly where you food is. This is of course until one of the boys runs out to fire up the generator. Another lovely side effect of high load days you end up drenching your bed in sweat until the power comes back on at midnight ish and the fans kick in again.
I was asked this question in an email, so thought I would share the answer, as it was a cool day:
‘i don’t know what Indian people do for Easter but happy Jesus’ re-birthday, oh, what do they do?’
I was in the orphanage here over Easter, so here, this is what we did: It was a little Church service. With one kid reading one of the last words of Jesus, then saying a few words about it, for each of the seven (i think its seven) things He says while hanging on the cross. After each reading we sung a song or two.
Mix this up with a whole bunch of prayer and some more singing all in fancy clothes (the pink ones). Thats my experience of Indian Jesus’ re-birthday. Oh they also had meat for lunch. oh and we fasted until the hour of Jesus death (which worked out to be 3pm, so perhaps I didn’t understand what we were fasting until, anyway, it was a late lunch with no breakfast). It was all actually pretty cool.
So this is my last night here at the House of Hope Boys Home. I am off to see the Davies tomorrow. (Yes I am writing this late, as at the time of posting they are already here) Yay!
The Brothers Karamazov – Dostoyevsky