Message from India
Added on 23 June 2013
A message from Janet in India!
Hi, from a very, very, very hot India. The temperature is almost 50 and they say it will go well into the 50’s soon.
I just wanted to thank you all for the wonderful gifts and very special notes. I so enjoyed my time in this placement and was very privileged to get to know you all, thank you so much for being so warm and welcoming. It is a placement I will never forget.
India is definitely a land of contrasts. On my first day here I saw dogs, pigs and monkeys all along the same stretch of road – I thought I was hallucinating! It is a vibrant place and there is a constant assault on your senses – you have to be here to experience it, it’s hard to describe as it has a culture none like I have ever experienced. The people are very warm and welcoming, especially in the villages. I have not seen another white person since I have been here and it seems like some others haven’t seen a white person either as I am constantly stared at – but in a nice way (I hope). I have chapatti and curry for breakfast, chapatti and curry for lunch and chapatti and curry for dinner! Just as well that I like curry.
Time is spent visiting the villages and working with the marginalised (Dalits and women and children) and it is such a privilege to do this – in each village I go to there is lunch given to me despite the fact that the people are living below the poverty line, they give so willingly – I am so humbled!
I think of you all and pray for God’s richest blessings on you. Thank you so much again for making my placement there so memorable.