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Six years, four weeks, two children.

INDIA | Tuesday, 23 Dec 2008 | Views [493] | Comments [1]

This surprise entry is for all the non parents out there who have no idea why I wouldn't write in the journal since arriving home four weeks ago with Ankita in tow. Parents know! Truth is - I have been busy,tired, busy, preoccupied,busy, and distracted.... Read more >

Tags: christmas wishes., gods, indian adoption


Another pea in the pod.

INDIA | Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 | Views [1039] | Comments [6]

After some tense waiting and great help from all the associated agencies, who went way beyond the call of duty to get us here, we are on the move. We fly out tomorrow night and arrive in Sydney at 8:15pm on Friday night. We have had Ankita at Matt and ... Read more >

Tags: india, intercountry adoption, waiting parents


Almost Ankita.

INDIA | Sunday, 16 Nov 2008 | Views [674] | Comments [2]

The gentleman I sat next to on the flight out of Singapore had a paper brought to him from one of the Singapore girls. This is before we took off. About 6:45pm local time. It was an Indian Paper - The Times of India - it was the 14th November - National ... Read more >

Tags: children.traffic.delhi.intercountry adoption.


Mamma Mia - here we go again!

INDIA | Friday, 14 Nov 2008 | Views [410]

I am sitting in transit in Changi airport terminal 3, Singapore on the way to Delhi. I am half excited and half in trepidation. Excited because I will see Ankita  and Shayne and Neelu very soon. In trepidation because we have a problem with the visa ... Read more >

Tags: intercountry adoption.india.waiting parents. abba.


Misery makes a colourful exit.

INDIA | Friday, 31 Oct 2008 | Views [612] | Comments [7]

We have made it to the end of the beginning. An unexpected  phone call from Umrao, the lawyers advocate, on the night of Thursday 23rd. "Sidhu?" "Yes, this is Mr Sidhu." "Sidhu?" "yes it is." GOOD NEWS!"... Read more >

Tags: indian courts, intercountry adoption india, missionaries of charity, waiting parents


Doubtful dancing.

INDIA | Saturday, 4 Oct 2008 | Views [651] | Comments [4]

The principle at work here is, the less you know, the more you are certain ( to be sure to be sure )- where things are. Yes, I am gambling on the luck of the Irish.  And it is the same as it ever was. Misery stands cock hipped at centre stage. Hope is ... Read more >

Tags: adoption in india, indian courts, waiting families


Enter Misery...with a limp.

INDIA | Sunday, 31 Aug 2008 | Views [751] | Comments [5]

You must be familiar with the word "no" by now. We are. And here it is again. No. That is because there has been a breaking  story about kidnapped children and an orphanage is Chennai and Australia being the recipient of some of these children.... Read more >

Tags: intercountry adoption.india.


Waiting on a Crossed Wire

INDIA | Sunday, 24 Aug 2008 | Views [387]

There has been no news from India - we have crossed wires with the lawyer and the judge is doing nothing until the 30th - next Saturday. So we continue to wait in the highlands in the cold - in more ways than one! Where's my monsoon! Hopefully we return ... Read more >


Swimming Goodbye

INDIA | Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | Views [626] | Comments [3]

We went and said goodbye to Ankita today. It was, as many of you encouraged it would be, a really great experience. Ankita was in fine form. We moved to a hotel closer to the orphanage for the last couple of days in Delhi. We were sick of the noise of ... Read more >

Tags: adoption, dehli, hotels


Dance, a little bit...

INDIA | Saturday, 2 Aug 2008 | Views [937] | Comments [14]

The jugde(she) in her infinite wisdom has not denied the order a second time. She has, however, pronounced that she will look at granting the order on the 30th of August after reading the precedent cases more closely. This is good news if you are a masochist.... Read more >


Hugh Who?

INDIA | Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 | Views [1183] | Comments [14]

Looking for a two bedroom furnished apartment in Delhi? Here are a few ideas for you. Stay in a hotel is the best bet! No seriously, there are some fantastic places to stay if you have a big budget. If you can come up with around a  thousand US a week ... Read more >

Tags: apartments, delhi, gods


(n)(o) not (N)(O)

INDIA | Sunday, 27 Jul 2008 | Views [946] | Comments [14]

So a little no in is better than a big NO. Rejection. That would be a no. Not outright, but a definite tilt  of the judges face  away and eyes cast down to the bench before returning to the lawyer with the chin slightly thrust out and elevated. I wonder ... Read more >

Tags: courts, delhi, judges, parenthisis


Pailing into the Ordinary

INDIA | Friday, 25 Jul 2008 | Views [881] | Comments [8]

Something ordinary can be so very complicated. Sister Anthea is there, Shayne, Neelu. We've not been at the orphanage long and we are ready to have a chat about the delay in the process of Ankita's court case when I notice two nuns standing at the ... Read more >

Tags: adoption, delhi, india, missionaries of charity


Neelu - beginning with bangles.

INDIA | Tuesday, 22 Jul 2008 | Views [844] | Comments [2]

The heat was overwhelming as we made our way to the Patna Shishu Bhavan. It took the auto-rickshaw driver a couple of attempts to find his way there. We didn't take an air-conditioned car because the streets are small in the old city and there are few ... Read more >

Tags: adoption, mother teresa, patna


An Absence of Malice.

INDIA | Monday, 21 Jul 2008 | Views [979] | Comments [9]

I would have posted this sooner but I have lost the flow in the past couple of days.  Things that can hurt. Being told that your adoption case has been adjourned is at the top of my list of life pains. Sure there was no intention on the part of the ... Read more >

Tags: adoption, delhi, the hague convention


Ankita's Shishu Bhavan

INDIA | Sunday, 20 Jul 2008 | Views [1792] | Comments [2]

The Ranchi  orphanage is a very peaceful and happy place. The orphanage is arranged around a front and rear court yard. The larger front courtyard has a large shady  tree to one side and smaller shrubs and flowering bushes are planted in garden beds ... Read more >

Tags: adoption., missionaries of charity, ranchi


High out of Chandigarh

INDIA | Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | Views [656] | Comments [6]

We are at the Timber Trails resort, high up in the Mountains outside of Chandigarh. The resort looks down onto all of the surrounding hills. A river snakes through the steep valleys to the north and to the west there are terraces stepping down the steep ... Read more >

Tags: adoption, chandigarh, delhi courts


Desiring the Invisible

INDIA | Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | Views [684] | Comments [1]

Waiting: and now the story has a true beginning. Ranchi. The sound,the presence of children waiting in the rows of cots painted blue. I have seen Ankita. I can say that. But a photograph has no scent. It doesn't let your eye glide across the face ... Read more >

Tags: adoption, india. ranchi


Gallery: To India with Love

INDIA | Sunday, 13 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery

Photos of the Journey
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Ranchi No, Ranchi Yes

INDIA | Friday, 11 Jul 2008 | Views [1240] | Comments [7]

Ranchi No, Ranchi Yes     Ranchi is the capital of Jharkand state. It used to be of Bihar state until, I think, about a decade ago. The locals rebelled against the Bihar state government and got their own little place in India. ... Read more >

Tags: adoption, hotels, india, indian traffic, ranchi


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