(Central Himalayan Rural Action Group; Also means ‘lamp’)
Every time I return to India I witness immense beauty in simplicity. I feel that beauty changing me. I grew up in a simple, sweet world. Moving away from it was difficult but time moulded me. Somewhere deep within that appreciation of simplicity remains. I see it without romanticising it. It is a part of me. I feel closer to myself each time I am faced with it.
Last week I volunteered to tell a story at a primary school in a small village in the Himalayas. I sat in a circle on the floor of a well lit large classroom with a group of sixteen 7 year olds and we chatted for about half an hour in a mixture of Hindi and English. One of them asked me if we would be singing but I wasn’t able to confirm that. It bothered me.
The Principal, an enthusiastic young man of 29, said they didn’t have a music teacher in the school as the charity had just about enough money to pay for teachers to cover the academic curriculum. A local musician has offered to teach music but they are waiting for funding to come along to be able to employ her.
It is Saagar’s 23rd Birthday today.
I think he would have liked for that school to have a music teacher.
Happy Birthday Darling!
“O Bud! Your life is so moving that only for a while
You blossom, for just a smile.
“In this garden, O dear,” said the bud
“Just a few are lucky to smile, even for a while.”
(Translation of an Urdu couplet by Josh Malihabadi)
Chirag School Newsletter 2_Autumn 2016
Thank you for sharing your experiences. Happy Birthday to Saagar. His face at the top of the page is so warm. Take care Sangeeta. X
Happy bIrthday Sagar enjoy in Paradis.Dear Sangeeta, Saagar is with you today and ALWAYS 💫 Sending love and hugs your way!!Saagar is happy and proud of his mama who is guiding, helping and saving so many kids and parents fighting and struggling mental illness.
Happy birthday Saagar! You must be so proud of your mum who is shining a light for so many of us who are still finding out way out of the darkness x