The City of Joy

As I prepared for my trip to Kolkata, the irony was not lost on me that the home of the street children and slums I would be visiting was affectionately known as The City of Joy. According to the 2011 Census, there are 70,000 homeless living in Kolkata and NGOs feel the actual numbers are much higher. Kolkata also represents over 37% of all the child trafficking cases in India. West Bengal also has the most cases of missing children, reporting 14,671 cases in 2014, which is 21 per cent of the total such cases registered in the country (thehindu.com). Many of the missing girls are forced into sex trade. It didn’t sound like The City of Joy to me. (Photos throughout taken by me and Jane Armour

Teacher Training - The Rāmāyaṇa of Válmíki

The Rāmāyaṇa - "The Life of Râma" The Rāmāyaṇa is an epic tale set in prehistorical India. One of the countries most beloved and enduring legends, it represents historical fact to millions who worship Rama, prince of Ayodhya, as an incarnation of the Hindu deity Viṣṇu. Regardless of their religious orientation, Indian's see it as a great work of literature. The story of a war between good and evil, and as a document prescribing a code of conduct that is still widely regarded today. Rama is the hero of the legend, and the 'ayana' is his journey, both physical and spiritual. The Rāmāyaṇa is one of the largest ancient epics in world literature. The Sanskrit poem, held by common consent in India

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