Synopses & Reviews
Will Randall thought teaching in an inner-London comprehensive was a tough job. But that was nothing compared to the next assignment: saving a slum school in the Indian city of Poona. Learning as much as he is teaching, Will finds his life transformed by his remarkable class of orphans: Dulabesh, the head-standing joker who lost his parents on a crowded railway platform; Prakash, who learned self-sufficiency by scavenging in dumpsters; the charmingly madcap Tanushri, fan of the singer "Maradona." When the slumlords threaten to level the school, Will hits upon the idea of a fund-raiser to save it: a stage production of the 24,000-verse Indian epic, The Ramayana, ever so slightly condensed
By turns funny and poignant, this is a gloriously life-affirming account of the India tourists never see.
Will Randall tells how he took up an invitation from an elderly German woman to accompany her on a trip to India and how this led to him working in a slum school three hours from Bombay. With the school threatened by slum barons, Randall organizes a fund-raising performance of "The Ramayana".
About the Author
Will Randall was born in 1966 and educated in London. He is a teacher. His next book is a travel book on Botswana.