Author: Will RandallPublisher: ABACUSYear: 2004Language: EnglishPages: 242ISBN/UPC (if available): 0349116784
Will Randall thought teaching in an inner London comprehensive was a difficult enough job. But that was nothing compared to his next assignment: saving as 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 learnt self-sufficiency the hard way by scavenging in skips; the nutty yet charming Tanushri, fan of the singer Maradona. When the slum barons threaten to level the school, Will hits upon the idea of a fund-raising play to save it: the 24,000-verse Indian epic the Ramayana, ever so slightly condensed.Funny, sharp and poignant, Will Randall's second book is gloriously life-affirming, exposing the India the tourist doesn't see.
PROLOGUEThe School and the Spark PlugsWhere to, Auntie?A Most Noble ProfessionBillbhaiyaTracheotomy!OshoDear MaradonaOne Very Dumb FellowWilbur the PigLet's Go Fly a KiteRolling!I'm Getting Married in the MorningThe Play's the ThingPlay Up and Play the GameMental RichesOne Fellow from EnglandEverything Became Very QuietGanpatiThe PBBCome on you Ashram!Curtain UpEpilogue