Katerina Plotnikova is a fine art photographer from Russia who explains her work as “another tale about wonderland.” Her images are simple, yet stunning. Welcome to the magical land of Katerina. Her photography conjures up dreams of serenity and gentleness.
It is an unusual school in an unusual location and is run by an unusual teacher.
Rajesh Kumar is a shopkeeper by profession but spends hours every morning teaching around 80 children from the poorest of the poor in India’s capital.
The 43-year-old visited the construction of the Delhi transit station a few years ago and was disturbed by the sight of many children playing at the site instead of attending school.
When he questioned the parents working at the sites they all said there were no schools in the vicinity and no one cared.
Consequently, his open-air class room was born - between pillars and beneath the tracks of the Delhi transit system, known as the Metro.
Every few minutes a train passes above, the children unperturbed by its sounds.
There are no chairs or tables and the children sit on rolls of polystyrene foam placed on the rubble.
Three rectangular patches of wall are painted black and used as a blackboard.
Anonymous donors have contributed cardigans, books, shoes and stationery for the children, as their parents cannot afford them.
One unnamed individual sends a bag full of biscuits and fruit juice for the pupils every day - another incentive for the children to turn up for their studies.
I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an asshole.
Ever since I’ve watched Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset, I like to pretend I’m the Prince Of Persia. No, not the Jake Gyllenhaal one, but the one that would wear a turban and hammer pants. Let’s face it, turbans are trendy, and I like them!
So, the new episode begins with a Carole and Aviva talking to Reid and what seems to be a LuAnn doppelgänger- OH WAIT, that’s Russ. What a striking resemblance. Ramona and Sonja are really all over the place! First, they have to look up the definition of white trash. Ladies, don’t act like you don’t know you’ve been called in the back of every car you’ve boinked in. Next, they attack Aviva and Carole about having dinner with their guys! In retaliation, Aviva starts the socialite wars part 2. Who really cares about the fact that she didn’t get a banner and a parade. It’s nothing extraordinary about a grown woman getting on a plane to go to a foreign country. Gracious Aviva, please let it go. As long as you aren’t hooking up with Johnny Depp lookalikes, you can just be happy that you’re in a tropical paradise with your supportive husband and STD free. In defense, Ramona decides to play it as “cool as Tom Cruise”. So, for the first battle in what seems to be a long war, Aviva has won with her relentless attitude. The idea of a girls trip just needs to be destroyed, because it’s a free-for-all at this point. Thank god for Testosterone Lu for bringing all of the girls together for some nice activities. Wait- Sonja has more to say! Since when is she so nasty in her mannerisms. Sonja, you can’t think that you’re a well-traveled woman when you can’t get through a lovely lunch without dancing on a table and showing your granny bloomers. Meanwhile, I agree with Heather about Aviva being a broken record. Give it a rest Mrs. Wall street. Carole showed a vulnerable side during the lunch. She couldn’t handle the topic being discussed, and the ladies didn’t even try to comfort her right away. Tisk, tisk ladies. The cattiness never ends! The new girls are getting meaner and the veterans are getting drunker! I’d rather see the nut job Kelly Bensimon on this trip right now, eating her gummy worms in awe of the antics. After the break, Heather would do what any fed up person would do, she got her tail out of the fire. Carole did come to her side though! Kudos to her- even though she still seems to play both sides of the fence. Later, Sonja still being the hot mama that she normally is, trying to hook up with the chef. At least he’s qualified to toss her salad. As Aviva and and Sonja get into it, Aviva turns into a hypocrite, claiming that she’s tired of hearing “Me, me, me!” She’s just being nasty. This is not the Aviva we’ve seen all season. I’m starting to see her self-entitlement. Sonja finally let her have it, and possibly ripped her a new one. Though usually quiet when she’s confronted, Sonja is becoming more Rambo-like this season, and it’s nice to see her using her machine gun words to tear her enemies down. Going into the dinners, the Aviva/Carole clan are slamming the other girls, while the others are sharing their admiration for each other’s attributes. Possible lipstick lesbian moment? I wouldn’t put it past these wild girls! The next morning, the girls reunite for to enjoy last day of their trip. Am I the only one that thinks that Carole has been porking this whole entire trip, maybe it’s because she believe she’s Gandhi. Though, I don’t believe that Gandhi practiced the art of Tantra. Carole seems to be very skilled at it. Sonja seemed to be loving her naughty ways also, as she enjoyed her humping escapades with Tomas in the garden. Thank god for LuAnn, who made a toast to finally make Aviva feel appreciated for getting herself down to the island with her many phobias. I don’t blame Sonja and Ramona for escaping the smoke and mirrors that the other women had created. But, they’re pulled right back in by Aviva’s phony ways. She just hated Ramona and Sonja for not rolling out the red carpet for her, but then she wanted Ramona to stay up and party with her. No wonder Ramonja is getting wasted. Who wouldn’t drink through all this confusion. Carole should’ve just avoided the drama. She knows what Ramonja is like, and she shouldn’t have invited them if she didn’t want to deal with their shenanigans. I mean, did the married girls think that they were having a classy weekend with their very own Anna Nicole Smith on the grounds. Finally, the trip from hell ended with a cliché moment. Every girls jumps in the pool, and love is pouring out of all of them. Well, that wasn’t what I expected! Grades: LuAnn- A+ for staying out of the drama and covering up her affair, Heather- B+ for staying calm and collected for most of the episode, Carole- B for getting laid throughout the whole trip while having a few minor flaws, Ramonja- A for sticking true to the theme of the girls trip, Aviva- D for being condescending and hypocritical throughout the episode. Didn’t like the ladies scores? They could change next week! Stay tuned for more commentary from me on The Housewives Hub and live tweets @TheRealQuaadir. Watch #RHONY Mondays at 9/8c on Bravo.
I would just like to start off by saying WOW- what a big cluster you know what! But we’ll get to the nasty stuff later. Let’s talk about to giudice/gorga kids! They all looked super adorable as the started their first day of school. Milania and Gabriella are a riot! Teresa and Melissa showed how truly similar they are as they whipped out their video cameras while they chased their kids to the bus-and we can’t forget the fact that Melissa made Antonia miss her bus! I’ll forgive you for it this time Melissa, but only because you’ve been treating Tre so nice. I love the fact that Melissa and Joe both agree that Caroline is creating unnecessary nonsense. Meanwhile, Joe Giudice and Tre are making fun of Caroline’s roots! That was a golden moment. Melissa shows great qualities this episode, as she put Caroline in her place by telling her not to play the victim card and also by taking her nieces out to mani-pedi’s to spend some quality time with them. For this episode, she gets an A+. Kathy and Caroline both have limited roles this episode, so I won’t spend too much time on them. Long story short- Kathy and Rich need to stop spoiling their kids and get them prepared for the cold, harsh Jersey world and Caroline’s still bitter and has a sucky, unpopular radio show. I’m still confused about Jacqueline. Last week, she “slept” through most of the drunken Napa commotion, and this week she’s crying about missing the old days. Jacqu, you can’t do that when you accuse people of not being good friends. So, they all get D’s for this episode. I feel for Teresa. I want her to come to a common place with her family members and friends, but how can you do that when everyone is constantly jumping down your throat. She’s confused as to who she should believe and she truly doesnt mean to cause harm. The ladies need to stop bullying her. They’ve done it with Danielle, and now they’re doing it with her, and it’s no fair at all. No wonder Tre said they’re 1/16th Italian. They have no loyalty like true Italians. So, Tre is safe from my wrath. Love you, Tre. To wrap this up and get to the highly anticipated part of the episode, DINA MANZO RETURNED!!! Her entrance seemed almost to symbolic to be real. I mean, who knocks over a step and repeat their first day back on the scene? But that’s what we love about her! We’ve learned that she still supports Teresa and she won’t comment about the true problems that she’s having with her family. It’s kind of a bummer, but it’s great to see that we got a little bit of closure on the situation. So, for mending our broken ties with you, myself and the fans give you an A+ for your short, but necessary return. After this episode, I’m going to need some time to recover. Stay tuned next week for my commentary on the finale part 1, and don’t forget to follow me on twitter @TheRealQuaadir.