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"
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"
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 second-last and last day of my Arunachala visit of 2013 was much occupied with a desperate pitch to see those trees saved. The local DFO rang to meet me for some reason, and in his office the bright idea came to persuade him to look into the prospect of their future. I drew him […]Read more "A Post-Script to The Pits – for posterity"
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"
Helga died during her afternoon nap on Sarasvati Puja. On the day of Durga Puja she was buried by those dear friends united by her presence long ago. It was a happy occasion, an opportune gesture of affection and gratitude for a good friend, a long life, lots and lots of laughs, lots of grace, […]Read more "After laying her body lovingly to rest . . ."