Pilgrim cover 43Excerpts from the August 2013 edition...


I was surprised to see Indian Parakeets in my garden at least once. I began to ask them many questions:- Do you not recognise the national boundaries? Do you not have passports? Do you not pay visa fees? Then I realised that Parakeets were here since the 1960s and were well localised. They could not answer my queries but their presence in Britain reveals an important fact that globally even nature is interdependent. We in each continent are naturally connected, related and linked as one family. Mutual exchange, interconnectedness, migration and displacement are part of the evolving world in which we live and see the new realities of change. ....
The Revd Dr Joshva Raja
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A Year in India with Project Trust - Caitlin Mullard

I have been living in India for four months, after arriving in early September. Since then I have fallen in love with a country that is beautiful, yet challenging. Every day, while teaching at Vidya Vanam School, I learn something new about the environment I am living in and about myself.

Vidya Vanam rneans 'Forest of Knowledge' in the state language of Tamil and was set up to provide education for tribal and underprivileged children. Whilst the caste system is supposedly decaying, it still stigmatises many of these children. The school is continually expanding but currently has children from three to thirteen years old. It is apparent that the school provides something unique for the local community, providing an academic education while introducing the arts. There are music, drama and dancing opportunities which celebrate the unique customs of the local tribal people, the Irulurs.

I am living in a small rural village called Annaikatti in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on the border of Kerala. The nearest city, Coimbatore, is at least an hour and a half away by bus. ...

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Bungalows and Ghosts

Missionary Bungalow Woriur, Trichy

I arrived in Bombay on Epiphany 1959 and was quickly put on the Madras Express bound for Trichy Diocese where I arrived three days later. The late Arthur and Audrey Wallis had agreed to put me up in their huge Woriur Bungalow, just for a few days before being sent on to Bangalore for language training. It was the time of the diocesan committees so I met several senior members of the diocese, both Indian and European, who gave me a warm welcome. One imagined that a bungalow would be a modest sort of affair. Not so. There was room for at least four families if need be. I was accommodated upstairs in a large bedroom with a separate bathroom, complete with thunder-box and a huge drum of water for bathing where two or three toads nestled happily beneath. I recall several happy memories from those early days in India:

Timothy Mark

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The Last Telegram sent in India

The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India’s state-run telegram service, is ending its operations next month. The once beacon of communication across India has finally given up the fight, having lost much to smart phones and other digital tools of communication. On July 14, the world’s last telegram will be sent from a location in India 144 years after Samuel Morse in Washington sent the first telegram. One telegram devotee said that he would fast Gandhi style in protest of the termination of telegram services.

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A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

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