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 […]Read more "SPECIAL DAY FOR SARAS"
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 […]Read more "WRITING ACROSS BORDERS"
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 […]Read more "GANAPATHI CHADRUTHI"
Mani managed a humble shop for forty years of my life. After learning of his death I came to notice how much he had been taken for granted. Everyone loved this man. It seemed as if he’d always be here behind the biscuit and bun jars and dangling bananas. One of those huge male posters […]Read more "After death: Ceremony after Ceremony"
Today is Aiyda Puja, also known as Sarasvati Puja; Extra Special!! After the many pujas around seven in the evening, every vehicle will be washed and tarted up with baby banana trees, garlands, turmeric and Kum-kum splats, each will be blessed at the Kali temple and they will all rage around the hill honking and […]Read more "Down the Local Drag before the Big Spark Up"
The sadhu drag has been tarted up. The story is that the Panchayats concerned pooled all their Infrastructure resources, and the Municipal Council and Tourist Development Corporation both chipped in lavishly until we have the most pukha roadway in all TamilNadu here, where the local sadhu population hangs out. Most of the Sadhu population that […]Read more "The Sadhu Drag"
The ancient Tamils cultivated a worshipful culture, now it is one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Every full moon up to a million pilgrims visit Tiruvannamalai with the express wish to walk around Arunachala. In the mid seventies I can testify to full moon pradakshina being a silent experience shared by a […]Read more "WORSHIP"