(photos I took of malls in Lucknow)
While India teeters under the burden of poverty, economic upheaval,mismanagement of natural resources and corruption in every strata of society But spaces in burgeoning cities and SEZ (special economic zones) give no indication of it. This is the India of the well heeled, upward mobile, successful and powerful.
In India power is associated with money and the right connections. And I have nothing against this minority group because I wish to join them.
I visited some of these palaces of progress for entertainment value (I do so here also) trying to to feel disdain for the highly priced merchandise, like a small Body Shop bar of soap which cost Rupees 145 (I can buy 5 soaps with that amount of money). I feign allergy to expensive skin care products...I won' t tell you what excuses I conjure up for other things.
In India the disparity between the rich and poor is fathomless.
I try not to be in awe of the well manicured green lawns on the other side of the fence but rather be content with the herbaceous thickets on my side.
God has given me a unique opportunity this week. Starting tomorrow I have volunteered to teach a women 's class with my friend , Diana. We will be training a group of ladies who come from rural areas. Having a few hours with them for 4 to 5 days depending on how much material we can cover each day.
Diana and I have gone through the teaching materials together. I got up at 4 am to start my preparation. I am really looking forward to it. We are helping at a newly formed Bible School.
Please pray for us .