Letter from India

Monday, June 15, 2009

Less is More

On June 7, there was an Opinion piece in the New York Times by Pico Iyer called Happy Days: The Joy of Less, which struck a chord with me. Iyer writes about the life he chose – in a small place in Japan - over living in Manhattan. It’s true he gets to travel – for his writing – but also remains... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Break a leg, get shot at

Ten years ago, on November 29, 1999, I broke my leg in Chiang Mai, Thailand, while attending a meeting. It was mid-day, I was in search of the Internet cafe (this was before the days of wireless) I had been at the night before. In short, I wasn’t looking where I was going. There was a cut in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

In Singapore

I am in Singapore for a meeting, living in a hotel in Chinatown. It’s quiet and active. Today is my third day and so far I have located (on the first day) a divine tea shop with many kinds of tea, teapots, glasses and cups, strainers etc. I got some of all. I spotted and salivated over antique... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

How to discover your own Refuge

Earier this week, I was looking for reading that our Sangha could discus at the Saturday meeting. I came upon this dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh on 11 July, 2005 in Plum Village, France. The talk resonated with me. I often feel overwhelmed by everything around me and I could relate to what Thay was... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sunflower Surprise

Last Monday, I left the home at 6.30 AM headed north on National Highway 1 which runs through my home state – Haryana - to visit telecentres called CSCs – Community Service Centres – run by local entrepreneurs. About two hours into the journey, outside urban limits, vast open spaces appeared. In... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The 10 minute Mango Sprout Salad

What’s for breakfast, asks Mahesh, my husband. Sprout salad, I ask? OK, he says. So, I take out the glass jar with the mung sprouts, also spying the glass jar with wheat sprouts (left over from making Rejuvelac). I get those out. Next, I need a bowl. I get the green-blue hand thrown one I bought... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Summer Bounty

I am uncomfortable in the hot heat of Delhi, and anywhere else. But, there are things about the summer I like. Trees - I already wrote about the Amaltas tree. There are other flowering trees, many whose names I do not know, because I have some kind of a blockage in my brain when it comes to names of... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Loving Amaltas

You can’t miss it at this time of the year. The yellow bloom, stark against the blue and not so blue sky grab your attention. It’s all over the place. It’s the Amaltas tree, also known as the Indian Laburnum. It blooms every year, and every year I feel I am seeing them for the first time. The first... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Voting Blues – Off the list

I didn’t get excited about the general elections being held in India, till yesterday – the day before I was to vote. I had missed voting in the two previous general elections - because of some goof up in the voters’ lists. In 2004, we had just moved to Greenfields, in Haryana, where we currently... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Monkeys for breakfast

Fooled you! Not having monkeys for breakfast. Just watching them around the house and trying to get Aloe away from them. Well, the area we live in is kind of wild. meaning, not too many homes or development. Compared to most areas in the city and outer city limits, its still open and you can see the... Sign in to see full entry.

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