KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
The last leg of our ‘tour of the family living rooms’ wound up in Nagpur where we enjoyed our stay with Anil’s sister Manju and her husband Kamal. It’s always great to visit Nagpur, now consider to be one of the most livable cities in India. It’s true that there is less pollution than in Delhi, and the traffic certainly seems to flow better than in grid-locked Patna. But it’s really the warmth of being with family that keeps us coming back again and again.
After touring around Europe, Rajasthan and Bhutan, we really just wanted to relax and spend one on one time with Manju and Kamal, but when we learned that there was an interesting handicraft trade show being held in Nagpur, we opted to pay a visit. It was extremely well done, taking place in a new venue that has been constructed to resemble a traditional village.
We learned that the buildings that look like adobe homes are lived in throughout the year, and that the residents accommodate the trade fair taking place in their ‘back yards’ on a regular basis. We discovered this the hard way when I entered one of the homes not realizing that it was a family’s personal space. Oops!
Before leaving Nagpur, we managed to squeeze in a visit to a school for poor village children, one that Manju regularly volunteers at. She is a retired English language teacher and goes to the school to offer advice and training to the teacher’s working there. It was a great experience and we decided to make a donation to support their on-going efforts. It’s great when you can support a worthwhile cause and know that all your funds go directly to the charity without any distractive costs being subtracted first.