Tag: Lali

shuktara - Lali in Puri, India

Lali in Puri – annual shuktara girls summer holiday

Lali in Puri, India with the shuktara girls

Here’s some photos from the annual shuktara girls summer holiday to Puri starting May 13th.

Pappu Mishra (chairman of shuktara) and Sunil are accompanying all the girls and staff of Lula Bari. They take the overnight train to Puri together and stay in a small hotel near the beach. Since it's the hottest time of the year everyone takes a "bath" in the sea.

shuktara - Prity on her way to Puri, India, on the train
Prity on the overnight train to Puri
shuktara - Sunil in Puri, India
Sunil on vacation with the girls from Lula Bari
shuktara - Tamina in Puri, India
Tamina in Puri with Maashi
shuktara - Prity on Holi

Holi at Lula Bari – the festival of colours

Holi was celebrated much more vigorously in Lula Bari, our girls home, than it was by the boys here in Kolkata.

Maybe as they grow older, the boys are not quite so interested, but the girls had a great day.

shuktara - Prity
shuktara - Lali, Sabita and Pappu Mishra
Lali with Sabita mashi, one of our girls house staff and Pappu Mishra (chairman of shuktara)
shuktara - Lali
Lali and Sabita mashi
shuktara - Tamina

Saraswati Puja at shuktara 2015

Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom and learning. Every year the celebration at shuktara is anticipated by everyone with great excitement. An elaborate statue of the goddess is chosen and taken to the house. On the roof a home for the goddess is constructed the night before with fresh flowers – this year there were pink egg cartons also to add to the festive atmosphere. On the day of Saraswati Puja everyone puts on their best clothes and participate in the ritual of the goddess by chanting Sanskrit and throwing handfuls of fresh flower petals to accentuate the prayers.

shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Bablu and Moni
shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Muniya – first time in a sari
shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Prity and Tamina
shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Sanjay, Raja Singh and Raja Mohan Das
shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Sunil and the goddess
shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Tamina, Muniya and Lali