Monday, January 31, 2011


A couple of days back, I had written about how I had been talking to this group of girls, all of them first generation girls in high school. I had been so engrossed in talking to them that I never even realised that my collegue had been clicking pictures of me all the while. Today, she showed me the photographs and I just had to share them with you.

I love these photographs, because what can be more fulfilling that talking to girls who are coming to realise their true place in the world?

And I like the photographs even more, because I am wearing Pink- a colour which I normally stay away from, but which I am now going to adopt solely to prove that the colour is a colour, not a gender.

And pictures of blackboards for some strange reason always remind me of the alphabet. Which in turn now reminds me of Blogging from A to Z.

Last year, Arlee Bird of Tossing it Out came up with the idea of blogging from A to Z in the month of April. I signed up because I hate missing out on fun stuff, and ended up meeting a host of wonderful people, many of whom became blog-buddies and friends.

The A to Z Blogging Challenge is back again, bigger and better than before. Sign up, grab the button, and get set for the ride of your life.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

How fortunate your friend got pictures! I'm always by myself, so I've few photos of me speaking to a group. Now you will always remember!

Deb and Barbara said...

I LOVE you in pink! What an inspiring colour and vivd energy to send out to those girls!
The Middle Ages

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - Thank you for sharing these delightful pictures! What a role model you are for those girls - and for me :-)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Great pix!

Margo Benson said...

How wonderful to be a mentor and inspiration to these special girls.
You look beautiful in your pink.

Tina said...

What an awesome thing for you to get to do! Back in 90s when I was teaching math, we got a grant to promote science and math to girls in a new way. Lots of fun! You look pretty in pink :-)

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

They're so attentive! And you look so enthusiastic and excited. You make a great teacher. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You have their attention!

Dorte H said...

Great pictures!

And yay for teachers - and students - in the pink :D

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

You look like you were having fun. I like the pink.

sue said...

Thankyou so much for sharing the photos with us. It brings the earlier post alive so vividly.
Thanks also for mentioning the A-Z challenge. I've taken a deep breath, and signed up.
Pink is so much more attractive than black, which seems to be the safe option here, and is so boring but easy :(

Jemi Fraser said...

Great photos!! :)

I only blog a couple of times per week - but Lee's challenge is such fun. :)

GutsyWriter said...

What was your topic with the girls? It must be nice to discuss issues that may influence them.

slommler said...

What a wonderful opportunity to be a mentor to girls of this age! That is so cool! And pink is your color dear one!!! For sure!!
Great pictures!

LTM said...

look at you! How wonderful--and I LOVE pink~ :D xoxo

Jenn said...

Wow, I love these photos of you making an impact on these girls and them returning the favor. Beautiful!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Diane - I've not got pictures of me speaking at other forums, so these are extra special.
But the, one doesn't really need photographs to remember, does one?

@ Barbara - pink is not really my colour, but I guess I don't look as bad in pink as I always thought I did. Thank you.

@ Margot - thank you so much. You are a role model yourself.

@ Debra - thank you

@ Margo - thank you. And yes, it is always wonderful to eb able to give young people something to think about.

@ Tina - that would have been such great fun. Sometimes I wish I could still teach, but really, there is too much else on my plate.

@ Elizabeth - thank you. And they were the kind of audience who brought out the best in you.

@ Alex - no credit to me, though. Those girls are like sponges, soaking up everything.

@ Dorte - are you planning to adopt the colour too?

@ Jane - and more, much much more. One of my happiest experiences.

@ Sue- I must confess black used to be my preferred option too, but I guess it is nice to make a statement in pink.

@ Jemi - thank you. You could modify it, and do an A to Z, couldn't you? I do know a couple of people who blogged beyond April.

@ Sonia - it was not something I had prepared for. We were visiting the school, and the teacher asked me if I would like to meet the girls, and before I knew it, they were bombarding me with quesitons. Mostly about career options, hot to get there, and on the issues they were having with getting their parents to agree to let them go out of their villages.

@ SueAnn - thank you. And yes, it was a fantastic opportunity.

@ Leigh - you do? Never associated that colour with you, somehow.

@ Jenn - I keep thinking of the ripple effect- awesome, isn't it?


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