We had a visit last week from Suellen Dainty who is an author and was in Kolkata researching for a new book! Suellen was a friend of Lula Gibson; the girls' home Lula Bari is named in her memory.
This is a photo from her visit to Lula Bari, sitting with Lali (left) and Guria (right). We're so pleased she came to see shuktara and hope she enjoyed her time with us as much as we enjoyed having her!
Holi is an Indian spring festival also known as the "festival of colours". As Wikipedia says: "It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh."
As you can see from the photos, this is a favorite festival at shuktara, celebrated by everyone.
Happy Holi from all of us at shuktara!
Our girls house tutor Priyanka (photo on right) is with the girls most evenings from about 6pm and sometimes stays the night.
Last Thursday night, 15th Feb, Guria and Moni were drawing (we particularly love her fish) while Lali was doing basic Bengali/English and Prity along with Muniya were doing their school homework.
It's great to see Guria taking part in all the activities and Priyanka makes sure that she is included in everything.
When Belinda is in Kolkata she always visits shuktara. Usually it's a night out at Fire and Ice to have the best pizza in Kolkata. This time the party included some of the young people from shuktara and a small group of friends. Thank you Belinda!
Diwali is Hindu New Year - also called the Festival of Lights, a holiday that all of shuktara look forward to with joyful anticipation.
The festivities begin at dusk as candles are lit in all of the windows, up the stairs, and around the perimeter of the roof. Everyone enjoys lighting sparklers and crackers as well as watching the fireworks that explode above the rooftops of Kolkata. It's a magical celebration however it's possible that no one enjoys it quite as much as Sunil.