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Rakhi at shuktara

Every year in August the 'sisters' of shuktara come to the boys home and tie rakhi on the wrists of their 'brothers' to show their affection. Across most of India the same thing happens - with brothers and sisters who are related by blood but also when that strong family bond is felt between unrelated people. It is a celebration that everyone at shuktara can participate in, and everyone enjoys this festival immensely.

[from Wikipedia] Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit literally means "the tie or knot of protection". The word Raksha means protection, whilst Bandhan is the verb to tie. It is an ancient Hindu festival that ritually celebrates the love and duty between brothers and their sisters. The sister performs a Rakhi ceremony, then prays to express her love and her wish for the well being of her brother; in return, the brother ritually pledges to protect and take care of his sister under all circumstances.

The festival is also an occasion to celebrate brother-sister like family ties between cousins or distant family members, sometimes between biologically unrelated men and women. To many, the festival transcends biological family, brings together men and women across religions, diverse ethnic groups and ritually emphasizes harmony and love. It is observed in the Hindu calendar month of ลšrฤvaแน‡a, and typically falls in August every year.

shuktara - Anna, Sunil and Bablu Lal 2006

Anna, Sunil and Bablu Lal in 2006

shuktara - Anna, Sunil and Bablu Lal 2006

Hard to believe this photo of Anna, Sunil and Bablu Lal was taken in 2006. Both Anna and Sunil had been with shuktara for seven years, since 1999; Bablu came later.

We thought it was a photo worth sharing with you - these three young men have more serious disabilities and would not be able to live on their own. They will always have a home at shuktara.

shuktara - Sanjay and his wife June 2015

Sanjay is married!

Sanjay came to shuktara in 2000. He always wanted to work and he always wanted his own family.
Since working at Shuktara Cakes he has saved enough money to rent a house outside of the city and in February he married a young woman called Munni and they have a baby coming in a few months.

The security of shuktara and his job at Shuktara Cakes has meant that he has been able to do this and he is SO proud.
Today he is also making us all very proud too.

shuktara - Sanjay and his wife 2015 June in front of their house
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shuktara - Sanjay and his wife Munni 2015 June
shuktara - Anna

Anna and the earthquake

Yesterday (April 25th) the houses shook in Kolkata. Everyone left the building and Anna decided it was time for a shower, a shave and fresh clothes. We don’t know what he thought. Today (April 26th) there have been more tremors and they left the house again.

We are talking about Kolkata. So our thoughts must be with those people so close to us in Nepal.
shuktara - Anna

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