Sara McMurry will give a talk on Zoom on Thursday 11th March 2021 entitled ‘A glimpse of life in rural India’.
Sara McMurry was for a number of years a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Trinity. Eighteen months after retiring she visited India for the first time, and was inspired to return as a volunteer, teaching underprivileged children. She had four placements there between 2010 and 2014. She had written one book on Quantum Mechanics and another, Mathematics as a Language, during her career in Trinity, and decided to attempt a book on her experiences in India, though this entailed a complete change of writing style! “Re-Tyred: Discovering India” was published in March 2019.
This presentation is based on her experiences as a volunteer teaching in Government primary schools in villages in northern India. She lived in volunteer ‘camps’ in rural areas unfrequented by tourists, and taught English and Maths every weekday morning. In the afternoons she gave classes for older children which were designed to improve their English conversational skills. It was rewarding, and a great pleasure, to teach lively children who were keen to learn, and it was fascinating to see something of the lives of people in rural villages – so different from the lives of those who had migrated to the cities.
Her living accommodation and diet were fairly traditional, and she was able to discover something of the lifestyles of people in three very different areas: first in the Thar desert near the border with Pakistan, then in a more agricultural region south east of Jaipur, and finally in the foothills of the Himalayas.
More details and registrations to follow later….