Faces of India Part 7 – Happy Shiny People- Me, My Friends and I :-)

September 2, 2012

Just wanted to share some of my favorite photos of myself in India, either taken by friend’s, or WITH many of my wonderful friends and “family” there. I don’t enjoy being photographed, so when someone finally DOES get a shot of me, it is always a joyous occasion!

best friends

Each photo has its own lovely story, most of which are narrated throughout the posts on this blog over the years. Hope you enjoy seeing these as much as I enjoy recalling the beautiful moments they hold so dear for me in my life …so many wonderful and dear friends, so many wonderful and dear memories,

So many blessings! 🙂

My Buddies – Devi and Laxmi

udeechi huts naddi 2004 with Dear Abdellahji, His Soul rests in Peace

For Abdellahji’s full story see this link:  http://notinindia2012.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/an-angel-returns-home/

A Day of Fun with the Girls

Me and Devi’s Mom

me and Laxmi’s mother-in-law after puja

big chill -delhi 2007-Shweta, Sunam and Me

Three Ladies-Dear Friends – Reingard, Manju and Me

dinner at aroras’ home

on the way to mussoorie with Natasha

girls day out for lunch

with Einat and Ilsa

happy holi

train to varanassi

On the way up To Neelkant Waterfalls, Rishikesh

…and MANY MORE to check out in the full gallery below

Hope you enjoy seeing these as much as I enjoy recalling the beautiful moments they hold so dear for me in my life …so many wonderful and dear friends, so many wonderful and dear memories, so many blessings!  🙂

Sept. 25,2011 – Back to India – Well, Not Really :-(

September 25, 2011

Hi all

It’s been a long time and not only do I miss India, I miss “talking” to you all.  This is the time of the year when I am usually getting myself ready to return to my other reality – these past number of years – in Rishikesh.

But life has a way of surprising us in many ways.  As things stand now, I will probably not be back to India until late fall, 2012! This will be the longest I’ve been away in many years, and it is really not easy.

The reasons, on the surface, seem fairly straightforward, but if you have been “with” be for the past years, you know that  I believe, and have learned from experience, that all things happen for reasons we don’t usually understand at the time, and if we are lucky, the benefits of unpleasant surprises are only understood later on in time (sometimes, never understood at all by our limited faculties as human beings).

It all began last year when I began getting a government subsidy to my regular government pension (called Bituach Leumi here-meaning National Insurance).  It was wonderful getting this extra money each month and made a big difference in my standard of living.

However, I did not realize at the time that this extra subsidy would limit the amount of time I could spend abroad in any given year,,,specifically limiting it to 72 days per year!….

Without realizing it, I overstayed my 72 days at the beginning of 2011 .  When I returned from India I found that the subsidy had been cancelled and I had to reapply stating my reasons.  Luckily, it was reinstated but with the definite warning not to leave the country for the rest of 2011 under penalty of forfeiting this subsidy permanently.

I had expected to attend the wedding of my nepheew in the states this past week, and could not even get permission to do that!

So my position now is that I have 72 days a year and the plan is to travel the end of 2012 and then stay for the beginning of 2013 thereby giving me a nice long stay in India.  But it is a very long time to wait.

But, as things happen, there is a very wonderful compensation for my having to stay put in Israel.  And I truly believe that this all was set in motion by the Universe knowing WHY I would be happy NOT to leave Israel right now.  A wonderful new relationship has begun, something quite different from anything I’ve know before, and I am very happy to be “forced” to stay put for now.  If things truly get difficult for me, I may plan a short (1 month) stay beginning of 2012 but of course on the condition that I don’t go alone this time!!

I am also committed this year to certain family issues which definitely require my being here as well.  So, although I have been forced not to travel, if the option was still available to me and I had to decide myself what to do, it would be an almost impossible decision for me to make.  So God has been loving and generous with me, and has taken this difficult decision out of my hands.  This allows me the great luxury of enjoying each precious moment here without feeling that it is at the expense of something else I would want to be doing, since I have no choice in the matter.

As usual, and as always, I am truly blessed.

Namaste to all…perhaps I will write here once in awhile just to keep in touch.  Many of my friends are already back or on the way back to India, and if I hear any interesting stories, perhaps I will post them…or just post now and then some of my favorite photos when I really get homesick.  If not, you can always follow my comings and goings on my Mindfulness Journal (link on the sidebar) where I post regularly, if not frequently these days!!  There is only so much time in the day, and night, and priorities must always be set.

Love light and joy to all and a very Happy New Year.  You might like to check out this link regarding the New Year and the opportunities it offers:



1-1-11 Happy New Years

January 1, 2011

1-1-11 Happy New Years

I don’t know what it means, but you can’t help noticing the date!

And after the last two days of 2010 ending rainy and dreary, what better way to begin 2011 than sitting out on my rooftop in the glorious sunshine eating homemade cinnamon/apple porridge with raisins and almonds. I am so blessed!

After 2 days of no sun, almost no electricity (meaning no heat in the room) and a generally down feeling (this type of weather has a very bad effect on me emotionally) – towards late afternoon the heavens cleared and all was well.
I was invited to a party by the “big boss” and went – and to my great surprise, enjoyed myself!

I began releasing the joy hiding inside for so long – laughed, joked, some other tourist man even flirted with me, and at the end we all got up to dance around the campfire.

At exactly midnight we cut the cake (the best thing about it was the way it looked!) and although there were no marshmellows, it was still a lovely party.

The only reason I initially went was because my friend convinced me it would be nice, so here are a few more pictures of him…he did a great healing service to me!

He helped my inner child begin to emerge once again, after she has been working hard to surface for a long time. This was a perfect beginning to the New Year.

I am now sitting along the Ganga, waiting for my lunch and so at peace! It is exactly two weeks since I arrived and for today at least, all is right with my world (except for the fact that my Mother won’t be reading this – but I feel at this moment that she knows and is happily smiling down at me!)

Happy New Year

December 31, 2010 – Understanding Loss Part 2

December 31, 2010

December 31, 2010 – Understanding Loss Part 2

green mountains after cleansing rain



It is another cloudy, dreary, rainy day, but just as the rain has cleared away the dusty air and revealed the true beauty of the mountains once again, brought clarity back their lush green colors, so I have been blessed with further inner cleansing and new clarity.  The process continues to occupy most of my time, and the overcast weather makes it easier for me to “be still” near my room rather than roaming about.

I woke up once more very early this morning after a powerful dream sequence, with new and deeper understandings which will once more be posted on the other blog for those of you interested.


I have not yet seen the end of the “phone story”, but am hopeful that the issue will be resolved today or tomorrow (assuming they don’t tell me it is again a holiday, New Years!).

I think today I will treat myself to a meal or two outside, without cooking.  This is the great pleasure of being here.  I can do this whenever I don’t feel like cooking (and shopping and cleaning up etc) and not have to worry about the cost.  So eat out it will probably be today, although because of the weather, I will be limited in choice of places to eat.  There are also many electricity cuts meaning it is not really any warmer in my room, since I cannot use my heater, than it is in the restaurants, so it really doesn’t make much of a difference if I eat “out” or order room service.  (I actually can always fill my hot water bottle and keep it on my lap…a lovely, and cheap way of keeping warm actually).

If anything interesting happens, I promise to write, but for now, this is the boring entry for another lovely day which is just unfolding its beauty and surprises. (It is now 10 AM).

January 1, 2010 – Happy New Year!! A Party and Its Message

January 1, 2010

January 1, 2010 – Happy New Year!! A Party and Its Message

Party People

It is now almost 1 AM as I write. And I am just getting to sleep after a New Years Party which took place in MY room!!! Actually, what started out as a simple invitation to two friends to share my evening soup with me, turned quite unexpectedly and completely spontaneously into a party!! And between the empty wine bottles and glasses outside my room

party remains

waiting to be collected, as well as these shoes outside my room this morning, I was given some very interesting looks when I went downstairs this morning. I can just imagine what everyone is thinking!

only the green crocs are mine!

Let me go back to this morning…I went for my regular panchakarma…just 3 days to go, and on the way back home, decided to make an especially good soup for supper, so I bought mushrooms and some other veggies. Got back to my room around 2 and sat out in the lovely sunshine for awhile and even went up on the next terrace to sit in the swing for awhile. Back to my room and then began to put together my soup.
One of the sweet young girls I met over the past couple of weeks, Eli, had gone to meet dr. arora after hearing about my experiences, and today she began, to her great surprise, 3 weeks of panchakarma. She just came up to tell me that all was well and to bring me a flower of thanks, and I decided to ask her to join me for soup. She gratefully
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