Sanctuary

I am on the south bank of the Adyar River, near the mouth on the Bay of Bengal.  Here is a sanctuary  . . . . . . A place of contemplation, regeneration, renewal, inspiration. A ripe place resting in wisdom. A garden of thoughtful gardeners. A garden crafted to remind us of profound wisdom […]

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BUNS IN THE RAIN

Towards sunset as I left my friend’s house a glorious evening was prefigured by the rich golden glow that never fails to blow my mind and sure enough, even before reaching home the golden glow made way for thicky soupy rain and Raja rang me to join the whole family in the Trusty Ambassador – […]

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SPECIAL DAY FOR SARAS

Mo and I did attempt to clarify all the adjustments modern times have lately imposed on tradition for this special day . . . . Indians being the global Masters of Adjustments, but things became complicated. However the melon does still contain all the bad of the previous year which disperses within the void when […]

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A REGULAR OCCURENCE

This regular occurence is the story behind this image: Relatively speaking, this rickety table is A PERMANENT FIXTURE. And there are in addition two permanent fixtures next to a double regular occurence at an adjacent lucrative hot-spot, belonging to another grandfather – a friend: First the daytime permanent fixture and site of the daylight-hours regular […]

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Whereabouts unknown

I don’t know where I am; the GoogleEarth map of the Palani Hills is not helpful. Coming up the mountainside in the car I lay down in the back seat avoiding my body’s aversion to hairpin bends, so on arrival I had no clue as to the way. The morning was magical, seeping in sunshine […]

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WRITING ACROSS BORDERS

Little daily Tamilian practices, signs and symbols that ring my heart-strings have long popped up to entice me to make my resonances public. Here is one sounding-out of that voice of an Outsider on the Inside: LOVING THE LOCALS During the first years of being honoured as a guest in India, one of the most […]

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GANAPATHI CHADRUTHI

Happy Birthday today for the Lord of Beginnings and Endings, the God we all worship first before all the others: Ganapati – otherwise known as Vinayaka, Pillayar, Ganesan, Karpaga Vinayaka . . .  this does not by any means exhaust the list of names for this most beloved god. He is the guardian of all […]

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