In February 2018, I flew with Heike, a girlfriend of Evelin, to Machilipatnam. I was very happy when Heike had decided to join me. We flew to Delhi, where we stayed two nights. For the one full
day we engaged a guide, who showed us not only the places worth seing in Delhi, but he also took us to Taj Mahal and told us about it in detail. It was interesting, simply seeing this huge marble
memorial up close and being able to admire the individual encrustations with precious stones. Moreover, the gardens and the notion of the once planned mausoleum out of black marble
stimulated the imagination.
The next stop was Machilipatnam. Full of curiosity we approached the girls, I had not seen them for three years and Heike was „new“. But soon we felt close again and Heike was immediately monopolized by the girls. The big surprise was that the girls were able to converse beautifully in English. The tuition classes with the teachers showed positive results and will be continued. They give the girls self-confidence, additional knowledge and responds to their big curiosity. Heike was enthusiastic and ready for anything that was fun for the girls, from crocheting, yoga to dancing and singing. The Welcome was warm and lovely, with flowers, songs and presents. Please read about the two Remembrance Days under that section. We saw a new, interesting part of India. After returning to the Home, we celebrated Ms. Mani’s birthday, went shopping and walked through the Home with Heike. We also met the tuition teachers and were able to observe the various classes. One day we visited the harbor under renovation and the Machilipatnam beach with the girls. Heike introduced the girls to Yoga on two mornings and on the last evening we enjoyed a cultural program by the girls.
Unfortunately the time with the girls was too short. We had made plans with a friend who had studied in Germany and is now working in Hyderabad. Through her and her friend, who had also worked in
Germany for a few years, we saw in one day more of Hyderabad than others experience in three days. It is a pulsating city, modernity next to poverty, a technology center, a city with many sights
from the times of the Moguls and from the time of the British rule, like the Charminar, Hussain Sagar, Chowmahalla Palace, Birla Mandir Temple, Golconda Fort and the modern skyline.
Then the return flight came, on which we were able to let everything pass by once more, because fully comprehend the many impressions we were only able to do after a few, no, many days at home.