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 […]Read more "Sanctuary"
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"
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 […]Read more "A REGULAR OCCURENCE"
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"
After arriving in the early hours and sitting some perfect time on the roof watching the mountain and the sky, I wandered along familiar tracks; here’s the beauty that passed me by: Having not slept for several days I urgently needed to catch up with Sonagiri forest that evening by entering the seclusion and quietude. The […]Read more "2015 RETURN HOME"
The year now is 2013 in the Christian Calendar, Vijya Varuda in the Hindu sixty-year cycle, and this year on return I find substantial changes in the urban area surrounding the ashram as well as within ashram itself, although the changes there have more to do with my own willingness finally to recognise that the […]Read more "The Sadhu Drag Revisited"
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"