January 2-4, 2008 – Walk in the Village, the Law of Abundance at Work Again, and Just Another Few Days in Rishikesh
Nothing particularly exciting the last few days but some interesting observations and again the laws of abundance at work. Below is a picture from a walk I took in the local village…more pics in the post below…
The winter is here for sure, but it is not all that terrible. There are a few hours of each day when it is really warm and pleasant, and if I am dressed properly, even the morning and evenings are fine, both in my room and out on the roof. I don’t remember if I mentioned the story of the heater, but I was given one by the guesthouse which didn’t work. It seems they no longer are giving out heaters as some people had been leaving them on all night(!)…I imagine Americans who are used to over heated houses. So I spoke to the owner and he was happy for me to have one…I explained that I use it for about an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. That’s all. He told me to buy one and give the receipt to the manager and I would get the money back. Went down the same day to the shop I had bought my extension cord. This has become unusable the same day as the heater story, and needed to have a new plug put on it anyway. They fixed the plug for me with a new sturdier one than the original (at no charge) and I bought a small two spiral heater which is just fine for the room. Makes a big difference in my comfort levels, even if I use it for a very short time. I have decided not to ask for the money back, and keep it with the rest of my stuff which I plan to leave here stored someplace. That way, I will be sure to have a good working heater when I come back each year.
I had also been testing different combinations of clothing, and found that my two locally made shalwar kameeze winter suits, one with pashmina in it and the other hand-woven Kashmiri wool are actually much warmer than Read the rest of this entry »