Friday 5: 5 Things You Never Knew About Mommy NiriFRIDAY 5 | Nirasha Jaganath | April 3, 2009 at 11:05 am
I hope that you have been following the Mommy Niri Friday 5 series. For this week’s installment I decided to let you in on 5 Things You Never Knew About Mommy Niri
- I boycotted one of my matric exams in protest of my school being used as a voting spot. I was against the fact that Indians could vote but not yet Blacks – in South Africa. Thankfully (phew) they rescheduled the exam.
- I voted in the first free and fair elections in 1994 in South Africa and waited 6 hours at the polling booth from 4:00am. It was the most exhilarating experience ever.
- I went to the Kasturba Gandhi School as a child. This was the school Gandhi built in the name of his wife, at the famous Phoenix Settlement. It was destroyed, along with my home, in political riots in 1985, so was the entire town in Inanda in South Africa where I lived. I escaped with just the clothes on my back but without any shoes.
- I came to USA as I was bored and wanted a fresh change. I wanted to go to a country where I knew nobody. I never visited the USA, I just came over straight to live.
- I participated in a special Soccer Clinic held by the New England Revolution team. I had no idea who they were at the time. This was while I was a Big Sister. I have volunteered in everything from painting low income facilities, crafts with abused kids, working with senior citizens, chaperoning troubled teens, arts, theater, homeless, organic farming, you name it, I have done it.