There is something about markets and me…they go together! Just the thought of visiting a market makes me glow with expectation. I actually don’t even have a compulsion to buy anything at the markets, although I invariably do, but I … Continue reading
You know you are in India when you see your Guru depicted in graffiti. Padma and I were delighted to see Sri Sakthi Amma graffiti in Thirumalaikodi.
With silver anklets, big enough to fit around my waist, jingling on each of her four perfect feet you will hear Lakshmi coming before you see her. As she sways gently down Rue Manakkula Vinayakar Covil everyone is delighted to see her. Lakshmi is, of course, the resident temple elephant at the Manakkula Vinayakar Temple in Pondicherry.
Each afternoon at around 5pm Lakshmi can be found out the front of the temple. For a few rupees you can receive a special blessing from her. You stand in front of her and pass your rupees to her minder. Lakshmi will then bless you by, ever so gently, placing her trunk on your head. It is truly one of the most special experiences in India and I never tire of this magical touch.
Silver anklets jingling, a glint in your eye, a softness in your steps and a giving heart…Lakshmi we love you!
I captured this moment in Pondicherry at night a few weeks ago. The (what looks like) headless man looking out over the Bay of Bengal gives quite an eerie effect!
I love chatting to the stall holders in the Thirumalaikodi market. They will chat animatedly with lots of smiles and laughter. Often they will smile and say “Please take photo madam”. I take their photo and then when I return … Continue reading
Ah…the laddu…it is a traditional Indian favourite. The word laddu actually comes from Sanskrit meaning a small ball. They are a very popular sweet in India and we have received many over the years as prasad in temples. Every day … Continue reading
These friendly fellows were travelling on the highway between Bangalore and Thiruvannamalai.
Why walk the dog when you can walk the cow!
When you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. When you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. When you’re happy and you know it then you really ought to show it… When you’re happy and you know … Continue reading
Today Padma and I started our volunteer teaching at the Sri Narayani Vidyalaya School. This school is run by the Sripuram Ashram in Thirumalaikodi. It is a wonderful school with 85% of its students the first in their family to … Continue reading