Title: Indian Bells (India)

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The story doesn't end here - 07/Feb/2011 22:03 - 4823 days ago
If you enjoyed reading Indian Bells, follow the story at my new blogFeathers, Bells and Country Smells. See you over there!The v...
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Back where I belong - 05/Jan/2011 09:38 - 4856 days ago
This is my final blog post, it's long overdue but as they say, better late that never. I'm back in England now living a life con...
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Lighting up Laporiya during Diwali - 06/Nov/2010 08:37 - 4916 days ago
Yesterday was Diwali, or the Festival of Light, India's biggest festival. It's a 3 day holiday in India, much like Christmas w...
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More photos of the village - 04/Nov/2010 15:11 - 4918 days ago
Inspired by the success of my previous wander around Laporiya, I ventured out again, this time at dusk began to set in and homes...
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A walk around Laporiya - 31/Oct/2010 10:39 - 4922 days ago
Celia, another VSO Volunteer came to visit me in Laporiya this weekend and this morning we did something I've rarely done before...
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One step closer to enlightenment - 26/Oct/2010 07:53 - 4927 days ago
I approached the gates of Dhamma Thali Vipassana Meditation Centre on the outskirts of Jaipur with feelings of intrepidation, ha...
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A long trip east - 01/Oct/2010 07:39 - 4952 days ago
India is a big country, the scale of which you can barely contemplate without having experienced it. Back home in the UK just ab...
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The decision to leave - 19/Sep/2010 15:04 - 4964 days ago
This week I made an important decision, one that has been consuming my mind for a few weeks now. I decided that I will leave my ...
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My Volunteering Story - 09/Sep/2010 10:00 - 4974 days ago
Personal Case Study written forwww.volunteeringinfo.orgSee the original articlehereI’d been spending my spare time volunteerin...
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Yesterday's three celebrations in Laporiya - 06/Sep/2010 12:15 - 4977 days ago
1) The inaguration of my boss' new badminton court, built within the boundary of our house over period of weeks. Ribbons were ti...
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Together again - 04/Sep/2010 07:14 - 4979 days ago
It's been over three weeks since I last posted on this blog and during that time there have been a few notable events. The main ...
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A volunteer's remuneration - 12/Aug/2010 05:53 - 5002 days ago
"You're going to work for a year and not get paid for it?" asked my Grandma before I left for India, surprised that anyone would...
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What 210mm of rain looks like - 04/Aug/2010 15:06 - 5010 days ago
21 cms and a few weeks is all it's taken to transform Laporiya's semi-arid landscape from a dusty desert into lush fields filled...
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Testing times in Varanasi - 25/Jul/2010 13:53 - 5020 days ago
It's no secret that at times I find my placement a struggle but one of the things that helps me through it is the community of V...
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The full force of the monsoon - 24/Jul/2010 15:50 - 5021 days ago
Today the monsoon hit, hard. 54MM of rain fell in Laporiya in a couple of hours. As my Indian father sweetly joked, it was also ...
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My new canine friend - 14/Jul/2010 05:15 - 5031 days ago
Not long ago, while I was staying in Jaipur I heard that we had a new dog and her puppy in Laporiya. After a previously unsucces...
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Hindu Wedding Number 2 - 11/Jul/2010 05:12 - 5034 days ago
My family were invited to a wedding last weekend and so it came to pass that I attended my second Hindu wedding. It was held at ...
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The problem with water - 03/Jul/2010 06:28 - 5042 days ago
I have a faint memory of living in a country where I turned the tap on and water came out, where I had baths, used washing machi...
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Perceptions of time - 29/Jun/2010 15:37 - 5046 days ago
Written on Sunday 27th JuneTime may be constant, but our perception of time passing certainly isn't.In my previous life I had no...
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Everything I eat in a day - 25/Jun/2010 12:08 - 5050 days ago
People frequently ask me what I eat here in Laporiya, so I decided to document all the meals and drinks I consumed in 24 hours.6...
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My duty to jooti - 23/Jun/2010 15:11 - 5052 days ago
In rural Rajasthan jootis are obligatory. Traditional, hardwearing pointed shoes made from either camel or cow leather that stre...
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A cool retreat to Manali - 21/Jun/2010 04:16 - 5054 days ago
India is hot this time of year touching temperatures of almost 50 degrees as millions anticipate the cooling monsoon. One place ...
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Case Study: clean streets in Rahlana thanks to a new soak pit - 04/Jun/2010 10:05 - 5071 days ago
Just three months ago the streets next to Jagdish Sharma's house were filthy. Flies and mosquitos hovered over the dirty surface...
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Three things that made me smile today - 31/May/2010 15:27 - 5075 days ago
I wasn't in the best mood today- the electricity has been going off at 3am each night so I wake up boiling hot and move outside ...
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Time to reflect - 28/May/2010 16:28 - 5078 days ago
Last weekend I went to Delhi. I'd been looking forward to the trip every since Jen and Nikki had invited me to their backpackers...
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A safe delivery for Mandora’s first child - 19/May/2010 05:16 - 5087 days ago
Mandora was afraid about what would happen during the delivery. She did not know how old she was, probably around 18 but this wa...
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The prayer inside us all - 16/May/2010 12:18 - 5090 days ago
90 kilometres of warm desert air rushing through Bolero windowsSand, not yet scorched reaching up ankles and in between toesTwo ...
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Mama's Green Mango Curry - 09/May/2010 08:00 - 5097 days ago
For me this is one of Mama's best vegetable dishes. It took a good hour of sitting with her to work out the recipe and translate...
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Foranta - free to be a child - 06/May/2010 12:14 - 5100 days ago
Her grandmother was just 2 years old when she married; her mother was 5 when she married her 7 year old father. It seemed only r...
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Two of my favourite little people - 06/May/2010 12:07 - 5100 days ago
Mookesh and Sumni are two of favourite friends here. They are little, and dirty, and sometimes have cow poo on their feet and sn...
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Mangos, mending and black marks - 02/May/2010 14:26 - 5104 days ago
Nearly half the world's mangos are grown in India- 13.5 tonnes a year. It's their national fruit and from April to around Septem...
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Adapting to the heat - 26/Apr/2010 13:07 - 5110 days ago
No one can tell you it's not going to be hot in Rajasthan. Where I am is 45kms from the Great Thar desert, in a semi-arid region...
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Party wear, dress shopping and child marriage - 19/Apr/2010 15:37 - 5117 days ago
Last week my new aunty and cousin (Akshear) plotted to dress me up in my aunty's 'party wear'. So at the agreed time of 8.30am I...
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How to make Mama's chai - 14/Apr/2010 07:31 - 5122 days ago
Chai is integral to Indian life, especially here in Laporiya, and from what I can work out, every cook has her (round here at le...
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The day CNEB came to Laporiya - 11/Apr/2010 03:59 - 5125 days ago
On Friday I was woken at 5.45am by my boss, Jagveer, banging on my bedroom door. I rolled out of bed wondering what was happenin...
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20 things you didn't know about my new life in Laporiya village - 06/Apr/2010 15:19 - 5130 days ago
Laxman Singh's grandfather used to be King of Laporiya and a few other villages. I'm living with him and his extended family. Th...
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My last week as a Delhi Wallah - 02/Apr/2010 15:21 - 5134 days ago
It's 9am and I'm writing this aboard the Jammu Express train from Delhi to Jaipur, which I've been on since 4.35am. In an hour I...
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Recipes from our first homecooked Indian meal - 01/Apr/2010 04:43 - 5135 days ago
Tomato Paneer2kgtomatoes2kg paneer (probably could’ve been 1.5kg)2 tbsp cooking oil200g chopped onion50g fresh ginger50g garli...
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Paagal hei? (Are you crazy? The most useful Hindi phrase I’ve learnt this week.) - 24/Mar/2010 14:33 - 5143 days ago
Wow, a lot happens in India in a week. Almost every day is full of new experiences and things I just have to write in my journal...
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2 weeks done, 50 to go! - 17/Mar/2010 06:26 - 5150 days ago
On the anniversary of my first two weeks in India, I thought it was about time I wrote my first blog post. Although I’ve spent...
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