Back in Rishikesh 2012 Part 2
I write this as I sit outside in the morning sun which warms my bones after the chill of the evening, night and early morning. The sun is not too hot to be uncomfortable or prevent hours of happily walking around. And it’s heat is felt truly for only about 3 hours a day. It is a beautiful time of the year to be here…before the need for warm clothing, uncomfortable layers etc., of the winter weeks, and without the scorching, debilitating heat of the hotter months. And of course without the rains of the monsoon.
Everything is still very green and lush and walking around is just complete pleasure.
At night and early morning it is already fairly cold with the strong winds which are so typical of Rishikesh…but of course, the sun rises just over the mountain , (now at 7:20 but it is getting a little later each day), through the window which faces my bed and gently pulls me awake (if I happen to still be asleep), with it’s shining kiss.
And then I sit in it’s warm embrace as I do my morning prayers and meditaion. Could there be any better way to begin a day?
There are of course changes, as there always are in India, and yet things continue to feel like ‘time stands still” in most things. The first shocking change was a wall which was put up on one side of “my” rooftop by the neighboring hotel, which completely blocks one of my views…very disconcerting but doing my best to come to terms with it. If you can’t change something, learn to accept it and change your perception of it!
And all the local places are now setting up WiFi which is lovely, but still not truly working well yet. Perhaps by next year.
And then of course more new rooms, more new guesthouses and a lovely surprise. My friends who run the wonderful Pundir Provision Shop
Pundir Shop Tapovan Rishikesh , have now opened a restaurant upstairs. We have eaten their twice and the food was superb! AND, it is air-conditioned!!! It was actually so cold we had to ask them to turn it off! J
But of course tomorrow I am starting Panchakarma, so no more of the lovely food I’ve been eating up until now. I had my full of yummy stuff over the past few days…am sure I gained at least a kg., and will now be able to settle into my very boring and limited diet for the next month.
And of course hearing the lovely news from my friend Devi that her sister is getting married! Just wonderful. This is a family of 5 daughters, the father has not worked in 15 years. The oldest daughter was already married but the others were sure they would never marry because they would never have enough money for a dowry. This sister has found an arranged match with a wonderful man who wanted a very limited dowry, just for appearance sake, and everyone is extremely happy as you can imagine. The bad part is, the wedding is 2 days AFTER I leave. If I had know, I would have flown in a couple of days later. I cannot extend for even one day due to problems with my government pension…really sad. However, the owner of the guesthouse has already invited me to TWO weddings of his niece and nephew, and so once again I will get to go to the production that is called “India Wedding”. Should be fun.
Walking through the streets here is like coming home. So many friends to see, from local shop keepers, to beggars and rickshaw drivers. And of course my dear local friends and their families, who I will see often and visit over the weeks to come.
And then, to my great surprise, I am being recognized as a “celebrity” in the area and didn’t understand why. Seems the guesthouse has finally put up a website, and they used MY photo (from several years ago-don’t know where they got it) as part of the cover photots of the website. So when I walked around the first day I was hear in my red “suit”, the same one I am wearing in the photo, people were pointing at me until someone finally showed me what was going on. It is soooooo funny. Here is a link and if you check out the dots under the cover photo, you will come to one of me. You can see me in my red suit on the rooftop and the room behind me to the left is my home here in Rishikesh. http://newbhandariswisscottage.com
And that’s about if for today. Hope begin getting out and about and getting back to my camera over the next few days.