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This article is dedicated to all the women in the world who had a passion and dedication to learning.

There is a woman who lives across my street who is around 86 now, and I have known her for all the time I have spent here in Mauritius, which is 5 years. I have always found her an interesting woman – she is one of the last remaining aunts of my grandfather (or maybe cousin, but I am pretty sure she’s an aunt) who is still with us today, and she lived in a time most people do not remember.

She has always been absorbed in the world of crochet, knitting and the like – things which I never found interesting. But whenever I see this woman’s work, all I can think is HOW on EARTH can she do things which I thought could only be done by machines? It’s incredibly magical, and inspiring. But what is even more inspiring is that this woman has never had a proper education.

This woman lived in a time when people were poor and could not afford to send all their children to school because the country was still developing and nobody really had the money. This was the time when little boys got the opportunity to go to school whereas the girls stated at home and were taught by their mothers. This woman, who I have talked about, was one of those girls, and yet now, though she can barely read or write, she is able to go out and do whatever she pleases. She has even travelled abroad, all by herself, to another hemisphere, only with the knowledge of what people have told her. I know, and there may be people around you whom you may know too, who can read and write very well but can still find problems with airports (I am one of them.). It’s just amazing.

Her sister too, had a similar story. She never knew how to read and write, but at the age of 30 or so, she was so eager to learn that her own husband taught her, and gradually, she was able to read very well. She got so into reading and writing that she decided she would learn another language – Arabic. She took lessons and after a while, she was so determined and good at what she had done, she was able to write a booklet on how to learn Arabic for beginners, which was distributed only to her friends or family who were really interested. It’s a great, and amazing thing for a woman with no formal education to do.

It’s something a lot of people I know seem to have forgotten – education really isn’t limited to academics. Though I do not agree women should be kept at the home without education, you cannot keep learning away from the people. As someone I had known once said, learning starts at the home, and never ends.

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Translation of ‘Romeo et Juliette’
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A full translation of the libretto of the popular French musical (which is damn lovely, in my eyes…)
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Anime Lyrics
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A site where you can find a great range of anime-related lyrics, some with translations, some without…
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An Account of the ‘Love Letter’s night by a Rickman fan
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A VERY lucky person was able to go to the ’Love Letters’ event and heard Alan Rickman read love poetry – and this was her account of it. Enough to make any Rickman fan deadly jealous!
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Date Posted: February 15, 2005 12:10
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Spectacular photos…
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Some really great photos taken and shown on the internet, sometimes for the first time..
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T-shirts with attitude…very funky.
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Date Posted: February 15, 2005 12:10
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