March 6-7, 2011- Vacation Days 5-6 – Knees, Books, Kitcheri, and Ram Jhula on a Sunshiny Day
I have just finished reading a book “Dog Boy” by Eva Hornung and am speechless. I sit here in shocked silence, choked with tears. All I can say is, if you can find this book, you must read it. It was published in 2009 so should not be difficult to find. I usually just post the books I read with short comments on the tab marked “What I am Reading” at the top of the blog, but this time I MUST say a few words here. There ARE really no words I can find to truly portray the stunning beauty and sadness of this book. It is sobering to say the least, the concept for the story not a new one, but the author has realized it magnificently. Do your best to find this one!
Now let’s head back to yesterday. As I mentioned in my previous post, my knee had been complaining after my long day of walking, so it was obvious to me that today would be a close to home day. The knee was actually worse than I had imagine, and I found my self limping even when walking a short distance, and the stairs up and down from my room were really difficult and painful.
I spent a good part of the previous night, and the rest of today, doing Reiki, but then realized that the pain originated not in my knee but in the calf of the same leg. I began to think that perhaps I had overdone something in yoga yesterday morning, and then the extended walking just aggravated the problem. (Good news is, the next day, when I am writing this, my knee is good as new and I will go out walking soon).
The day dawned beautiful and sunny again, and I was able to do my morning meditation, pranayama, prayer etc. outside in the sun. Had a very light breakfast of hot milk with my chawanprash and dried fruit, and di a lot of reading.
And then a lovely young Israeli girl who had “heard” about me, came up to meet me, and we wound up having a lovely and intense (for both of us) session. I received a powerful channeled message for her, and also was “adopted” by three angels at the end of the session. It was really wonderful!
Then I went down for a light lunch of steamed veggies, but wound up eating a vegetable burger on a roll, with salad and chips!!!! I just couldn’t resist and it was soooooooooo delicious.
Came up to my room and slept for a couple of hours to my great surprise, probably a result of the long day out the day before.
When I awoke, was outside again in the sun, and offered to cook dinner for my neighbor and me if she would do the shopping for the veggies…she happily agreed. Just then, someone else came up to talk to me (the wife of the guy who I had emailed for quite some time – the yoga instructor who mentioned me on her ABC interview…this all in a previous post). We had a pleasant talk for awhile but then the neighbor came back with the veggies and I had to excuse myself to cook kicheri for us. Which I did! And it was really nice cooking for someone else and eating with them…first time this trip I did this-forgot how pleasant it is to be able to cook for other people once in awhile.
The day ended pleasantly, outdoors, and I had a lovely sleep last night, waking early to the beautiful sunrise at the beginning of this post! Pays to get up at 6:30 and go outside!
It is now after noon and I will be heading out soon for a short walk to make sure my knee is really OK…and will be back later with perhaps something else interesting to write.
Back from my short walk…only out for 4 hours…and my knee is fine, thankfully.
Had a very expensive lunch at the “spa” restaurant in Ram Jhula, and it was interesting but not something I would ever order again. A wrap, made in whole wheat chapattis (4 of them on the plate – too much for me to eat – of grated beets and carrots in tehini with mint chutney on the side. It sounds much better than it tasted, believe me. But it was a change and the place is nice to sit at, so I can’t complain. Walked around the ghats in ram jhula for a while and then came back,
check out more scenes from today’s walk here:
did some shopping for the next week, visited with some friends staying at Seema’s and am now happily back on my rooftop where I will relax and read and play and listen to music for the rest of this lovely day 6 of my vacation.
Don’t forget to check out this link for some more shots of today’s stroll along the ram jhula ghat.