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... a very disturbing prayer on this day, you Can probably have worked out what it was. Some of the boys in the group had to escort a man to the hospital, after 3.5 hours waiting outside the hospital they finally returned. We later found out the Sister/ nun had to pay for medical services as the Hindu government does not support the Catholics - bribery and corruption seems to be a theme in the government of India. We had the opportunity to serve at sari Bari ( ...
We couldn't believe we were taking our 10th and final train to Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) and were nearing the end of our Indian adventure. There were no problems boarding our train this time and we settled into our first class cabin for the 16 hour journey across Uttar Pradesh to the state of West Bengal.
We would be sharing our cabin with a lovely Indian gentleman and a ...
... one of our senses. By the time we had reached our first destination (a Hindu temple) we took a few minutes to realise it was actually closed already, by which time we had been surrounded by orange-clad monks begging for money (do monks normally beg?!).
We gave up on the temple and headed instead for the Victoria Memorial – a monument built for Queen Victoria and her children and one of the many reminders of the former British rule of ...
... We were just another person walking on by while this poor creature suffered a horrible death.
Those intense few minutes from leaving Mother Teresa calm and spiritual home, to the burst of chaos on the street, from the could be mother trying to feed her baby, to young children begging and living in squalor to the vivid and disturbing image we both had of that poor animal, is India. It can rock your emotions to the core and take you from heaven to hell within 20 ...
Yesterday we saw remnants of the British empire and also the many faces of India today! We drove around the old part of Kolkata where the various British governmental agencies had been located. The red brick Writer's Building, built in 1777, was where clerks of the East India Company kept their records and did the bookkeeping. The West Bengal State offices now utilize the building. We then visited ...