After heavy rain the night before, I had to wait an hour in town yesterday; all I needed to do was get my knife sharpened before returning to the printers in an hour. This little enclave of shops is the Sewing centre – the equivalent of Lindcraft. This is an extension of Chinnakadi or Small […]Read more "Marooned for an hour in India"
Away we went for a day in the hills to clarify and restore; this record is a small gesture of affection for a very lovely place: Bheeman Falls was our destination. Drought had hardly touched the forest here; although the waterhole was a relief, the falls were dry: A group of young men soaked up […]Read more "A day away"
During the recent school holidays a group of volunteers from various Terre des Hommes homes came to the Core Trust for an intensive Shadow Puppet Workshop that was terrific. We needed to do some exercises and explore silhouettes initially which was an orderly process but as soon as the children had each made a puppet […]Read more "Shadow Play"
Today i walked down off Perumbukkam road to see Raji and Shanti, and to search for where Erumalai tailor has set up shop, and where Kannan has retreated after his cafe was closed, and I found them all down here in little back streets that are always changing. I love these little backstreets, formed in […]Read more "Where family dwellings organically grow"
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"
Whenever a drought reveals the monumental excavation strategies used at Palliya Thirthum to solve problems many centuries ago, the ashram organises the mining of precious silt for use in gardens on their extensive land holdings. This year the task included repair to an ancient well-wall that had caved in mid-way through the undertaking when a […]Read more "How to make the most of the drought"
Last time I visited the nursery for the Arunachala Kattu Siva Plantation, the climate was one of youth and vigour, full of promise; when I returned recently after nearly a year the scene could hardly have been more dismal. Nothing has happened for the trees during this time except Padmini (now widowed) had watered them. […]Read more "After the exalted valleys: Pits"