Delly Belly strikes!

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
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Trip End Feb 24, 2013


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Square Hotel, Hyderabad

Flag of India  , Andhra Pradesh,
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Our first day in Hyderabad and we both went down with a nasty bug – so much for my boasting about my iron constitution. Thankfully mine lasted less than 24 hours while Terry is moving in to day three with his.  We are very pleased that the hotel here is much more comfortable than the one in Kalyan.  Hyderabad has really come in the years we have been visiting and the centre is much cleaner and westernised than some of the other Indian cities, shame about all the shopping malls that have appeared.

We headed out to visit Rescue and Restore home for street children yesterday.  Rianna's Fund have been supporting the home since 2009 and it is always a pleasure to visit.  The home is run by Bhaskar and his wife Martha.  Bhaskar is a former street child and was sharing with me yesterday about how desperate life was for him and how he would often go many days without food. He and his wife are so dedicated to the 40 children living at the home, they live with their two girls in one room in the home and it just feels like one big happy family.    Bhaskar loves dogs and the home have a delightful new puppy called Rosie.

Two of the boys who have been with Bhaskar since the home opened in 2001, Raju and Basha, are just finishing off their Masters Degree in Social Work.  Both are specialising in Community Development work so that they can work with the poorest communities and children.  They will qualify in March and area already a great help in counselling the new boys at the home and helping in so many other ways.    See picture of Terry with Bhaskar and Basha.

As well as the children in the Home, Bhaskar supports 10 children out of the home whose family circumstances are very difficult. He provides financial support for school books and equipment, uniform, nutrition, etc.

We met some of the boys we have been following since we first started supporting the home, Mannu and Pintu are both very keen volleyball players and play for their school and their district.   When Pintu was 5 he and his brother lived on the streets and were forced to beg by his step father who used to beat him and burnt his hands.  He was tied up at night to stop him running away.  The police caught the brothers begging at the railway station and Bhaskar took them in to the home.   Pintu is now 16 and has plans to be scientist working with plants.    Bhaskar was telling us how long it can take to repairs the damage done to some of these children, even after 5 or 6 years they may still have problems.

The children loved seeing the video of the Ashtead to Paris Bike Ride – I promise I didn’t force them to watch.   They did get a bit confused and ask if it was part of the Olympics!

What makes us laugh : 

Great to have a hotel with some leisure facilities, although health and safety at the pool is the usual Indian standard (see photo with bare wires at the edge of the pool).  

We went  for a walk about yesterday, we are looking for an optician so Terry can get some new glasses – not sure we’ll be calling the one in this advertisement!

In the news :

The International Olympic Committee have banned the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) which is a big shame to the country, especially after their best every showing at the 2012 Olympics.  Maybe the fact that the head of the IOA Lalit Bhanot is under criminal investigation for graft (corruption) around the Commonwealth Games has something to do with this decision.   The level of corruption here always amazes us, however, there is a lot of campaigning going on and it appears that more and more cases are being uncovered.

The chief minister for Gujarat (Narenda Modi)  is being considered as a future candidate for Prime Minister but is also under investigation for a suspicious deal on a gas field in 2002. A Company registered in Barbados was given 10% stake for no money and a subsequent windfall of over $3 billion! 

Cops in Bangalore are taking pictures of young couples in parks to shame them and curb immorality.  In a country where men often hold hands and hug each other, it is considered indecent if this happens between a man and woman.    
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