Fire Sale

by Pam

Recently there was a fire where Rathnama and her husband live. Rathnama has worked for us since we arrived. She is good and kind and someone I trust completely.

When I heard what happened, I went to the house to check the damages and see what I could do. Rathnama was beside herself and sobbing. Some newspapers caught fire from a pooja candle, and half the house went up in flames. Charred cloth and rice were spilled across the room. The metal skeletons of a suitcase and an umbrella lay on the floor. They lost their entire supply of rice, their cooking appliances and all of Rathnama’s sarees. She was heartbroken. I sat with her in her tiny room and we drank tea. Then I took her shopping for new sarees.

To help with the replacement of her clothing and the household goods, I’m having a Fire Sale at my website.

For the next month I’ll give 20% of all my proceeds to Rathnama.

If you’re interested in contributing, feel free to pull up a chair and go shopping. Or, you can also make a donation of a few dollars through my paypal account and I will see that it gets to her.

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5 Responses to “Fire Sale”

  1. ven says:

    This is quite an interesting blog Pam. I liked it so much that I spent a full three hours reading through all the older posts.

  2. pamela clevenger says:

    Thank you so much for the sweet comment and the donation for Rathnama : )

  3. Phil says:


    Are you in India? I would love to know more about what you are doing work-wise these days…

    • ven says:

      Phil, I live in Mountain View, CA. But I am originally from Hyderabad in India. I work as a technical lead at a startup in Palo Alto. And mostly focusing on flash, flex and other adobe technologies.

      I see that you two are experiencing the real India and having a great time. I am jealous! Think I will visit my family there in a month or two.

      • Phil says:


        Nice. Saw your site – if you ever want an introduction at Adobe Systems in San Jose, shoot me a note I’ll be happy to set something up.