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Visit from Rashmi May 2014

This May we welcomed Rashmi into our school. She was visiting from the TVS school, whom we have a link with in India. In the photos below you can see Miss Brewster adorning an Indian Sari with the help of two pupils and Rashmi.

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Rashmi is a teacher who visited us from the TVS school. Her name means the sun’s rays. She knows 4 languages. Her first language is Tamil. Rashmi was 15 when she left school and went to university. Rashmi’s family god is Vishnu. Her favourite colour is pink. Rashmi drinks 4-5 litres water a day.






The TVS school is a transport company. Teachers and pupils travel together on the bus. Pupils pay to go to the school. There are schools in India that you do not have to pay. TVS school pupils are aged from 3-16. They leave at 16 to go to University. You have rich schools and poor schools. In one room like our drama room grade 1-5 pupils could be having their lessons altogether. In Rashmi’s school all read and write very well. Middle class people in India are very ambitious. Pressure from parents is very high. TVA school clubs do theatre, music and artistic activities. There are 14 acres in school.





India is famous for silk. It is known for its embroidery.





Dhobi ghat….washing place in all cities.

Ghat means river bank





Some places in India reach 50 degrees.

Weather is warm like its hospitality, even a very poor man will offer whatever food or drink they have. Guests should be treated like God. Sometimes the government subsidise rice and education and health care but the quality is not good.









Health supplies can be difficult in different areas.



There are lots of religions in India.

Islam and Christianity came from outside India.


Hindu is the biggest religion. People worship the sun god and snake god.

Muslim is the 2nd biggest religion.

Christianity is the 3rd biggest religion.


These 4 religions were born in India:






Sikhism is another religion in India. Men don’t shave. They wear turbans. The Indian prime minister is a Sikh.



Colours are important in India. Buildings are painted in bright colours.




There is a colour festival first day of spring.


There are millionaires, but there are also people who are very poor.

The currency is called rupees.


British ruled India. There are lots of signs in English.











Government is trying to reduce the extremities between the very rich and the very poor. Some farmers have new tractors. Some farmers have ploughs and bulls.


Dance, every region has its own local dance. Indian labour is very cheap so for westerners things are cheap to buy. Odissi is the dance pupils do at Fairlands. Odissi, also known as Orissi is one of the eight classical dance forms of India.








Movies are very popular and cricket.




Yoga is practised in India.









It is an ancient and continuous culture.


Krishna is an Indian god. He is like superman. When they are celebrating his birthday they make a pyramid. The festival is called Krishna Janmashtami and is an annual celebration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.






There are lots of festivals in India. Many temples have water around them so people can bathe in the holy water.





Transport is a big problem. Indians believe in the horoscopes. Palmistry, as soon as Indians are born, their horoscopes are made. When it is an arranged marriage the parents see if their horoscopes match.




Ganges is the Hindus holy river. Hindus cremate their bodies. If it is done on the banks of the river Ganges people will go to heaven.



Below 12 years, if you employ a child less than 12 years of age, you will be punished.



North Indian breakfast is different. Rashmi is from South India and they eat rice and lentils ground together with a sauce or a dosa for breakfast.










Lunch consists of mostly rice with Dahl.


Men wear a dhoti. The dhoti, also known as pancha, mardani or veshti, is a traditional men’s garment worn in India.




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