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Mezze is widely served in the Greek and Middle eastern world. An assortment of little dishes and tasters which accompany a nice ouzo or a glass of wine. So when you read mezze moments you will have tasty snippets of life as I live it, India for four years and now Brisbane Australia, all served up with some Greek fervour and passion.

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Thursday, 21 July 2011

A different face

Living in India means that you often encounter street children begging on the streets or living on the roadside.
We talk about their plight and their life. Some beg,some sell pens or flowers, some play with siblings or carry the babies. Some of us develop relationships with these children and give them support whether it is in the form of old clothes or biscuits or even a bottle of clean water. Others find the experience too much and wind the windows up or simply ignore them. However we deal with them the reality is that rarely do you see sad faces.
Today however  I saw a different one
A little girl, pigtailed, in shorts and a shirt which were grey and grubby, barefoot, walking on the inside of a double carriage way. On the side of the oncoming traffic.This is dangerous but not unusual nor unexpected. Only minutes before I had seen a little child barely of walking age crossing this road by himself.

Her head was ever so slightly looking down and she was sucking her thumb. I dont know why I felt that child's sheer vulnerability through that small gesture but I did. There was something so unbelievably poignant about her need to be comforted and her ability to find this sucking her thumb.


  1. If you don't expect anything you will never be disappointed. These children live in the moment.

  2. Is it sufficient ? Is it the kind of life you would want for a child ? Is it satisfactory by yourt standards ?

    My answers to all those questions would be NO

  3. The fact that you write about these innocents confirms that you fall into the caring camp, Marina. I sense that you do a lot more than write about them...x

  4. They ARE vulnerable! There's no other reality ...


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