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RVC Centre and School

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Come to Meerut, in Uttar Pradesh, India, and visit the school my mother founded in 1948.

I discovered it 66 years later. A snippet of information hidden away in a file long forgotten.

I looked for an email address but found none. I knew it was part of the Military Remount Veterinary Corps my father belonged to. I looked up their Meerut address and wrote a letter. On the reverse of the envelope I said: To the Post Master General Meerut Cantt.. It is very important for me to find this school so please call me at xxxxxxx if address not found.

I crossed my fingers and sent up a prayer. I had to know if the school still existed.

A month later I got a call from the Post Master. He hadn’t found the school. I told him to send his man into the RVC Centre and ask if they had a school. They did and the next day I got a call from the Principal.

My son and I visited the school in October of 2014. The entrance to the Centre is named after my father. The school still runs. Right up to the 10th standard. It has 200 children and the results are cent per cent.

These are some of the photographs of my parents’ legacy.




Knitted Blankets for Charity

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (23)

In May 2015, I had the opportunity to create two blankets for Corso De' Fiori, a delightful design store in Auckland, New Zealand. The blankets were auctioned and the proceeds have been used to further the educational opportunities of the children of the RVC Higher Secondary School, started by my mother in 1948. Read all about the initiative, and the school, in the article above!


Posted on October 20, 2010 at 2:22 AM Comments comments (1)

Hi Everyone!

It has been sometime since I was here. I hope you all have been writing up a storm! Here are some topics incase you are having a difficult time thinking up of what to write about.

Write about a hobby you are passionate about.When did you start? Who started you off? What it does for you Write everything you feel about your beloved hobby.


Write about what scares you the most.


Write about the best place in the world. You can make this up and create an outlandish space or it can be some place you have experienced.


About your teacher…good or bad and what impact she/he left on you.


About the area you live in. Use all fivesenses while describing it.


Whom do you love the most in the world? And why.


About your pet.


The best book you have ever read.


Write about what role colours play in your life.


About a struggle you had to experience to achieve a goal.


Choose a friend at school. Write about her as though she was your best friend. Then change her into your worst enemy and then make her into someone you observe from a distance without having a view on her.


About the seasons and which one suits you th most.

This should keep you busy for sometime. Do continue sending me your work at [email protected]

Lots of love,





Posted on June 14, 2010 at 10:17 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Everyone!

Sorry to have missed posting last week but I had many pieces of creative writing to edit! Thank you all for keeping me so busy!!

This week, I have an interesting audience of younger children. So I am going to devote this week to the 6 year olds.

Welcome and here is a writing tip for you.

Describe a New Animal

Invent a new animal. Describe what it looks like, where it lives, what it does, what it eats, is it dangerous? Think as funny as you like. Nothing that you write is silly or anything to be shy about. Go as whacky as you want! Once the animal is ready write a short story about it!

Send me your new animal story at [email protected]

See you next week!






Posted on May 31, 2010 at 10:19 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello again!


Here is something I read about what best stories are about.


‘The best stories have a strong theme, a fascinating plot, a fitting structure, unforgettable characters, a well chosen setting and an appealing style.’


Try using all this in one story (Phew!) and you will surely have a winner on your hands.


Today’s writing tip is: Make a list of all the things you are scared of. Pick one and write about it in detail, using all five senses. Describe every detail.


Send it to me at   [email protected]