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In the chaos of India, an unlikely friendship is born

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Help kids fly…

Spaghetti Circus is calling for supporters for their Scholarship Program in 2024. Spaghetti’s passion is creating healthy, active, happy kids....

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Labor Government committed to the demerger of Murwillumbah Education Campus

The significant issue of a merger of several Murwillumbah schools has been ongoing since 2020 when the then State Government announced via Sarah Mitchell MP that four public schools would be amalgamated into a single Kindergarten to Year 12 campus at Murwillumbah High.

What is the future of Shaws Bay in Ballina?

How we manage our coastal areas have long term impacts both on our natural and built environments. Ballina Shire...

Labor MP spruiks 2023–24 budget 

Cost of living relief, investment towards net-zero and economic responsibility is how local federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot, has framed her party’s first budget this term.

Interview with Akmal Saleh

The Byron Comedy Festival is on this weekend with the event closing out with Akmal Saleh’s third show, proving...

Dey pushes for new minimum Byron rate against warnings of rate bracket creep

A new proposed flat minimum rate across the Byron Shire aimed at easing pressure in the housing market would put 238 residential properties in higher rates brackets.

Building waste

Surely Byron Council can do something about the lack of recycling at building sites in Byron Shire? In the...

Barbara Carmichael and Tarun.

Written in a warm, conversational style as if the author is sharing a cup of chai with the reader, Barbara Carmichael’s new travel memoir I’ve Come to Say Goodbye weaves its way through the people and places visited in her travels of India over the past ten years. Much of her story is based in the lake city of Udaipur, where she meets Tarun and his family, and it is through their eyes that she falls in love with India. Barbara’s friendship with Tarun strengthens with each visit.

Her adventures are many and varied. She is run over by a rickshaw in Jaipur; booked into a hotel in Delhi that is in its final stages of demolition and sleeps with her bag against the door while bricks fall around her. On a night train to Jodhpur, she awakes to find four men standing at the end of her bed watching her sleep. She takes a holiday with Tarun, his wife and young son. Little does she know that it will be the last time she will share with her Indian brother. When she receives the sad news of his death, she knows she must go back to Udaipur. It’s the only way she can say goodbye.

Book launch at The Book Room Byron – 6pm 8 Feb. Book reading followed by Q&A with author, Barbara Carmichael. www.barbaracarmichael.com.au

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