On My Way Back!!

April 9, 2013

…and looking forward to visiting with “old” friends up on my terrace in Rishikesh!!


Bought my tickets after some initial difficulty (every place I originally looked was “SOLD OUT” to my great surprise), but found a new airline to travel with (new for me) and will be arriving back “home” on October 24th!!  And then of course the regular almost daily posts and photos will begin here once again.

Looking forward to “seeing” you all again in just 6 months.



February 7, 2011 – Panchakarma Day 10-Rainy Morning and Breakfast with a Hawk

February 7, 2011

February 7, 2011 – Panchakarma Day 10-Rainy Morning and Breakfast with a Hawk

Woke up this morning to the sound of rain and when it stopped the sun did its best but today was mostly an overcast, although not cold, day.

Had a lovely lunch accompanied by a hawk floating overhead on the wind currents.



…and just relaxed today.  See the next post about my friends new expanded local general store…the PUNDIR PROVISIONS SHOP.


I’m after a night where I was given herbs to cause diarrhea for cleansing the colon.  They don’t usually work very well for me, but this time they did!  Only towards morning so I slept well, but after my massage today, was still very tired and so just rested the rest of the day.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a more exciting day!



January 11, 2011 – Inside Day, But Pleasant – Phone Story at Last

January 11, 2011

January 11, 2011 – Inside Day, But Pleasant – Phone Story at Last

Help Me Identify this Bird - They make a real racket each evening at sunset

See this link for pictures of the day on facebook “Electricians Visit (note the items he used to reach the sockets that needed fixing in my room) and Another Bird”


It has gotten even colder, but I seem to feel at peace with everything that is now happening, meaning, I am back to my old self.  Had two healing sessions and I am lighter and more at peace than I have been for the whole past year.  Again, simply back to myself.

It is now 5 degrees outside (!!!!!) – which is about 40 degrees farenheit for those of you who don’t understand the rest of the world.  THAT is really cold, especially since it is foggy and damp and the sun has gone to visit other places.

But it means that I am contentedly in my room, meditation, doing yoga, reading, and of course using the internet which is wonderful, and completely happy with the forced rest. And in two weeks, winter will be over here anyway, and by the middle of February, it will already be 30 degrees celcius!!!

And now the phone story:

A day or two after I arrived I went down to reactiviate my phone number only to be told that there were new regulations and any phone which was not used in 90 days had the number cancelled.  So I had to buy a new SIM card, but they are now cheap, 50 instead of 200 rupees.  I got my new number, put in a balance of 888 rupees to last me the 4 months I am here and went home happy.

Two days later the phone stopped working!  I went to the dealer who told me there was a problem and he will speak with the company and get it fixed.  That was Xmas or something so the place was closed, and then it was Sunday, and closed again…and each day the answer was “tomorrow”…I finally got the answer that the number was cancelled  (because it turns out the dealer did not send in my paperwork), so I simply took a new number, no problem, and asked that my balance be transferred.  Then I was told the balance was cancelled with the old number!  It could not be transferred!  We are talking about a lot of money here (3 days rent for my room for example), and I was not willing to just dismiss it.  So the guy said he would check further with the company, but then New Year’s rolled around and again things were closed and each day there was some other excuse.  Finally he told me there was nothing he could do – even though as I pointed out that it was HIS problem since he did not send in my papers and because of this the number was cancelled…but he said it is NOT his problem and that I should go to the main office and get them to fix it for me.  Well, I’m not good at dealing with “main offices” in a language I speak, and dealing with Indians…forget it!

So I began to talk to friends here…first I thought to ask the owner of the guesthouse to intervene as he is a very powerful person, but I was advised not to do that unless desperate as he is like a godfather and he would do something “bad” to the dealer.  So another friend called him on the phone to try and figure out what was going on and got no better answer than I did, but was very angry that the dealer told ME to go to the main office to fix it.

At this point, I DID go to the guesthouse owner and told him the story, and he said he would fix it and for SURE he would get my money back.  (Bottom line is, in the end he did nothing, and probably better he didn’t confront the dealer at this point)

So I then asked my other friend, my neighbors husband, to go with me to the company and try to straighten it out for me.  He said he would go by himself and see what he could do.

He went, and came back with the answer as follows:  Her number was cancelled because 8 people used the same ID to illegally purchase phone cards.  And I could not get back my balance for sure.

The idea of someone stealing my identity was really scarey to me and so I went back to the original person who tried to help, and when I told him this he was extremely angry and told me to go back to the dealer, confront him and tell him if he doesn’t give me back my money immediately, and find out how my ID was stolen, I would go to the police.

So I did that!  And the dealer (who I know by the way for the past 5 years and have never had any trouble with him…he has actually always been very honest and helpful so found this all hard to believe)…well, the dealer said to me “go to the police…I did not do this thing…I will go with you to police!!”

Then he suggested, finally, the HE go with me to the company and see what was going on.

Well, yesterday, more than 3 weeks after this all began, I went to the dealer, and on the coldest day yet…foggy, damp, windy, and 5 degrees out, we drove by motorbike into the market, and went to the company.  After about 10 minutes of rapid fire Hindi between the dealer and the manager, he turned to me and explained that it was not MY identity that had been used (this had also frightened him as using a foreign passport is really a serious business for everyone involved which was why he said he would go with me to the police), but some Indian ID had been used 8 times, and my number had somehow fallen into this batch of numbers…maybe because he never sent in the papers and it was ID-less so they added this other ID to it…really don’t quite know.  Anyway, the manager said there was no way they would return the money to me!!  Even though it was not my fault, or the dealers, but THEIR fault.

I left with the dealer who simply said that HE would take the loss and give me back my money in full, by recharging my phone at his expense each time for 100 rupees for as long as I was here, and that HE would then fight the company until he got his money back, hopefully.

All’s well that end’s well but I feel bad for the dealer, and also must say that for a few days  was really scared about the possibility of identity theft and having the hassle of going to the police and embassy etc.

Just more to make life interesting in India, but believe me, I could do very well without this!.

January 9, 2011 – Real Time Posts

January 9, 2011

January 9, 2011 – Real Time Posts and Link to Photo Album

New View Of Ganga from Buddha Cafe Rooftop Restaurant



Well, the world keeps changing, and I’ve made a change that I thought I never would in India.  I am now writing this sitting in my own room, cozy and warm and relaxed, listening to my own music and writing in real time.

This will actually be a short post, just to try something new.  I will try and upload a larger amount of photos than usual onto Facebook and then post the link here.  The internet connection is kind of slow, but works 24 hours a day, and costs me much less money than going for 1 hour a day to an internet cafe.

I can use skype to talk to friends and family at times that are convenient for all of us, but the call quality is not that great.  Still better than nothing at all!

I have a real amazing story to tell about the mobile phone business, which seems like it might be concluded, one way or another, tomorrow.

I am feeling like a new person, or rather like the person I was over a year ago.  I have my old balance, tranquility, and harmony back, and my energy levels are better than they have been in a long time.

I took the astrologers advice and went for a very long walk yesterday, doing a full circle through rishikesh from one bridge to the other and all around and in between and felt wonderful when I returned home.  Today I spent the day in the market setting up this netstik (everything in India takes a lot of time, and if I feel like it, will describe the process in another letter), but came home feeling wonderful as well.  The cold weather is actually perfect for long walks, and the sun is shining, so I am really quite happy.  It took me a full 3 weeks of being here, to actually be happy that I AM here, but that I am…very HAPPY…joyful, and grateful.

This was really nice.  While waiting for all the photos to upload, I was able to prepare my dinner!!!  So if I can manage not to abuse the privilege of having a connection in my room, it will actually save me time.  Now I just have to catch up on all my back e-mails and I am set!



December 25, 2010 – Xmas Once again in Rishikesh

December 25, 2010

December 25, 2010 – Xmas Once again in Rishikesh

Ganga View at Ram Jhula

Lovely couple of days but nothing much to write – phone still not working (typical Indian story just so that I cannot forget I am actually here!), but I did get my gas balloon today so tomorrow can begin cooking for myself, which is always a pleasure. Had a pleasant day out and about, and have been having daily back massages, IN MY ROOM, to try and straighten out the muscle problems I’ve been experiencing since lifting my much too heavy granddaughter a few months back. If nothing else, it is true pampering!.
Weather is getting just a drop colder from day to day, but so far, still pleasant enough to be comfortable if dressed properly, which I am.
So will end here and just make this a picture post to keep you interested in coming back here.

lunch at ayurpak

Nice View from Here

Yes...definitely a nice view

getting ready to fly

on your mark


home from shopping

freshly sheathed straw

Just Another Day in Rishikesh – A Day for Animal Adventures

January 13, 2010

Just Another Day in Rishikesh – A Day for Animal Adventures

I don’t usually manage to get pictures of the birds who frequent the rooftop here, but I did have luck this morning…this crow, shortly afterwards, actually grabbed hold of a metal serving dish containing butter which was on the breakfast table of my next door neighbor, and flew off with it!

Shortly after, I heard a commotion on the rooftop including banging on my door, and went to look and see what was going on. Good thing I did. I always leave my shoes outside of my room and have never had a problem. This morning, I saw two dogs, playing with each other, chasing each other, and each had one of my shoes it his mouth!! I quickly opened my door and retrieved my shoes. Good thing I was home when this happened. My shoes now are kept right INSIDE my door!!
And then I went down for breakfast, and after finishing my meal, was sitting at the table with the newspaper wide open, covering the empty dish. I was concentrating on something I was reading and all of a sudden felt like I was being watched. Looked up, and sitting right opposite me at the table was a monkey! Staring at me…not moving…I began chasing it but it didn’t move and so finally I began to move back with my chair and calling the guys from the kitchen. As they ran out, the monkey sensed its opportunity and quickly grabbed the entire sugar bowl from under the newspaper and ran off with it, the guys chasing it! It was really funny to see. The waiter told me that 2 weeks ago they had 6 sugar bowls, this morning they had one, and now they have none!!

This is India!!

November 18-20, 2009 – Glorious Wednesday Morning,Messenger of Confirmation and Working Again

November 20, 2009

November 18, 2009 – Glorious Wednesday Morning and Messenger of Confirmation

I’ll begin recounting the Varanassi journey from the end rather than the beginning, and then the next post will start as should be, from the beginning.

It is SO good to be home! After a few short hours of sleep, woke up to the sun streaming in at 8. Will sleep again later but had to get out in the clean fresh mountain air again. It has turned really chilly but so crisp and lovely and fresh. I can breathe again! Actualy-EVERYTHING is clean and fresh once again. Spotless in comparison to where I have been. My own lovely bed, bathroom, rooftop, and scenery-clear skies to welcome me and just to be sure that I realize how “right” it is for me here in Rishikesh-there is a messenger from above to confirm my tears of gratitude sitting across from me on the balcony railing:
Just a pidgeon but a special one…All the pidgeions I’ve ever seen here are regular grey and black. This one has a black tail, speckled white and black head, and the rest is PURE WHITE! And he is just sitting here staring at me and bobbing his head as pidgeions do, as if to say: “welcome back home”.
I truly missed it here-feel like I’ve been away for weeks and it is only 6 days!.

And just to make sure I don’t forget I am home, but still in India – a huge, carred faced male monkey appeared out of nowhere and fearlessly approached me with a definite expression of “I’ve come for the food”. I grabbed everything and retreated hastily to my room with him following closely behind and just barely made it into the room and closed the door!/ He stared for awhile but quickly left.

And that’s it. I am home and will continue to write up the journey now.

November 20, 2009

Just a quick note: I had decided that I was not working this trip, but the truth is, after several weeks of not working with healing, I was beginning to feel like something was definitely missing in my life. No sooner did I think this in Varanassi, than the solution was sent my way. (as always)
Today I began a Reiki workshop which was supposed to be for one person, and in the end there are now two. In addition, yesterday someone called me (don’t know how they heard about me), and asked if they could meet me and perhaps do a series of treatments with me. So after the workshop today, this lovely Australian (half Israeli actually) girl came up for a treatment and has booked 5 more for each day until she leaves. So from no working, I’ve gone to full workdays and I feel MARVELOUS! And aside from everything else, the money I earn will pay for all the traveling, and more, that I did the past couple of weeks.

Namaste from lovely rishikesh

October 27, 2009 – Messages, Messages, Messages and Understanding

October 28, 2009

October 27, 2009 – Messages, Messages, Messages and Understanding

This is one of those post you may choose to read or not, as it is about personal insights and understandings, which happen to reveal themselves while I am in India, and hterfore find their way to the India Journal.
Over the past several days, I have had several messages, which only this morning,while sitting here along the Ganga, have come to full understanding and made their impact on me.

The first one was 2 days ago, while doing my morning meditation. At one point, I heard a bird chirping animatedly from very nearby. I had to open my eyes to see where this intense chirping was coming from. Well, not for the first time in India, a sparrow was in my room (for those of you who have been following my journey for years, know that this has happened to me twice before while in Mcleodganj). I have a kind of window opening above the door to my room which I keep open all the time to allow some fresh air in even if the windows are closed, and perched on this opening, just above my head, was a sparrow, and as I looked at him, he “spoke” to me very clearly, left his message, and then said goodbye and flew away.
“Don’t forget about me” was what he said…A sparrow, in Hebrew, is called tzipor dror meaning “bird of freedom” and these have always been sent to me to remind me not to forget about ME. He was once again sent to remind me not to give up my freedom and to always choose to do that which is best for me and not allow anyone to take this away from me – even unintentionally – because of their need, their charm, their helplessness, or my own feeling uncomfortable in certain situations, etc. This truly hit home at the moment and I knew exactly what it meant in regards to my own life at the moment, but in the events of the day, was lost to me on any conscious level.
That same evening, I had my “date” and my dinner out, and yesterday I was given a not so subtle hint to take better care of my own needs more conscientiously. The dinner which was served was quite spicey, and I knew it was not good for me but since I did not want to offend the lady who had so graciously prepared it “not spicey” for my benefit, I ate it.
Yesterday, I had a very powerful reaction which left me weak and forcing me to rest all day – but also giving me the time to think and understand further. I was fine by last nite-as if nothing hadhappened, but it was a lesson learned the hard way. It would have been easier to listen to the gentler bird message from the day before.
When I woke up this morning, I had a powerful urge to leave my room early and do my meditation down here with the sound of the rapids as background. And while meditating, before ordering my breakfast, another powerful message came through – as if the rapids were speaking to me: “These are very precious moments for you – do not let anyone take them away from you” This makes so much sense together with the bird’s message and yesterday’s message, that I had to sit up and truly take notice. And overwhelmed with emotion from the constant love showered upon me by God and his loving Universe, I found myself silently cry9ing tears of joy and gratitude.
Since I arrived two weeks ago, I have been cutting shot my morning practice to accommodate people who asked to come in the morning for treatments, or returning home from a peaceful tranquil place to be back in time for someone I had agreed to meet at a certain time. Or even ending a quiet session of listening to music and relaxing because a friend came around to visit. I realize now that my time here is too valuable – I am here, of course, to be of service to others, but top priority for healing and compassion and caring for MUST BE ME. I had begun falling into the trap of putting my own needs lower down on the priority list , after th needs of others. I must be careful, always, of this.
I have already begun putting this into practice this morning when I left my room early, and the Ganga message was just a confirmation that I had indeed done the right thing. I was supposed to meet someone this morning in my room, but after this need to get out early, I simply left a note of apology with the option of looking for me later this afternoon-and felt completely at peace with this decision to “disappoint” another person.
And then hearing the words “these are very precious moments for you” when I got down here, simply confirmed that I have learned my lesson, once again, and hopefully, I will remember the importance of taking care of myself as the weeks go by.


October 25, 2009 – Tranquility, Crowds and “Not Today”

October 25, 2009

October 25, 2009 – Tranquility, Crowds and “Not Today”

Decided to go back to the lovely Pyramid Café but was seriously questioning my sanity as I continued the endless hike straight up into nothingness!

But once I sat down in this hidden paradise, I knew once again that I would be back. If this place was easily accessible, its magic would be lost very quickly.

The crowds in Rishikesh are disturbing – the explanation is: ”more Indians with more money”, but it is very disconcerting. Reminds me of what happened to peaceful McLeodganj, Bhagsu and Dharamkot once the Indian tourists discovered the place. I cannot begin to imagine what it will belike as Kumbha Mela approaches. It is a blessing to be up at Swiss Cottage, far away from the maddening crowd.

Just sitting here now waiting for my food – listening to the wind in the trees, the birds, crickets, the babbling brook below, unseen but lovely to hear if you make the effort to listen, Every so often a car horn is hear in the distance below…watching the butterflies (enormous and in every color you can think of).

I have my book with me but reading it seems to be the furthest thing from my mind – a waste of this beautiful, natural tranquility – not easy to find these days.

Just a quick insight into India: The word “kal” in Hindi, when literally translated, means both yesterday and tomorrow (and is usually accompanied with hand signals to indicate which- either pointing forward or back over the shoulder). However, the true meaning is really: “not today”…meaning anything which is not today.

So if an Indian says something will be ready “kal” (tomorrow – obviously not yesterday), what he is really, actually telling you is that it will be ready at some time which is “not today”. He is not trying to confuse you or give you the wrong information – he is telling you the truth – it will be ready “not today”.!


March 7, 2009 – Busy Day, Friends, Birds and Monkeys.

March 8, 2009

March 7, 2009 – Busy Day, Friends, Birds and Monkeys.


Well, the last two days have been extremely busy with the arrival of lots of friends. Yesterday, my friend Ben who I met last year arrived. It was wonderful seeing him again and we spent some lovely time together catching up, doing Reiki and just enjoying each others company. This morning, a couple of friends from Russia were to arrive and I had arranged for a taxi to pick them up. I fell asleep late last night after a lovely day including shopping (finally found the pants I’ve been looking for for the last 2 years since I first bought them in dharamasala, and bought 6 pairs…will have enough now for a few years to come), having a lovely lunch and trying something completely new at my favorite restaurant, and even teaching some advanced Reiki techniques to a couple of friends who had already studied Reiki with me a couple of years ago.

At 2 AM my phone rang! I really was awakened from a very deep sleep…seems the Russian ladies couldn’t find the taxi at the airport…I really was not thinking but finally gave them the phone number of the guy who arranged it (which means someone else was also rudely waken up in the middle of the night). And then I tried to fall back to sleep, but always waiting to hear if they really found the taxi and were on the way. No matter what I did, reiki, taking Resuce Remedy, breathing exercises, I could not relax back into sleep until about 7 in the morning and woke up at 8 to find them here! So I really began the day very tired, but happy they arrived.

We had a lovely breakfast together with Ben joining us as well, and then did a Reiki session for Ben, had my lunch and finally took a short nap…but I am still sleepy, and have a long evening still ahead of me. Because Verma, my ayurveda Indian doctor from Israel, is also in Rishikesh today, and will be coming around for dinner with all of us. It will be lovely to see him in India, even if just for a short time.

As I was writing the above, Verma called, and came for a short visit. He came with his 2 brothers and his father! It was lovely having them up to visit…they had chai, we spoke for awhile, they saw my family picture album and Read the rest of this entry »

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