Masjid Fatehpuri at Dusk
Just some photos. It was so beautiful….no words are necessary here I think!
As promised, I will begin posting stories and photos (mainly) from my recent sojourn in India. I found blogging to be a true intrusion this trip and did very little posting while actually there. So I will now begin trying to catch up, for myself as well as for my followers.
I blessed this year with an amazing first time adventure of experiencing, and exploring Delhi with local friends, rather than as a tourist, and it was a whole new experience for me. I will begin this post with my first days in Delhi.
I explored places I’ve never beendto before, travelled on the Metro for the first time, saw some of the new wonderfully modern areas of Delhi as well as the traditional markets and local antiquity sites. I hope you will enjoy the next few posts which will hopefully tell this story, mainly in photos.
I’ve been away a long time and feel the energies of Rishikesh calling me back each day. Won’t be back for a couple of months, but would like to share some of my all time favorite shots of Rishikesh with you for the time being. Hope you enjoy! Check out the full gallery at the end for more photos.
Namaste…see you soon in India!!! Enjoy the full gallery below for lots more shots….sooooooooooo hard to choose from the hundreds that I have! 🙂
Ganga below, clear blue sky and green mountains across, above and surrounding me, cool breeze, breakfast on the way at Lalita’s restaurant as I begin to write this post in my notebook. … as tears of overwhelming gratitude and joy for my blessed life stream down my face.!
Just a scene from local life….apparently gas delivery day as women were coming down the street one after the other, old and young, all carrying balloons on their heads…I was lucky enough to get my camera out and get at least this one shot above!
Feeling better today but still tired. Dr. says no more “communal” massages. No more practicing on me (even though I love all the extra massage care and attention). Need very gentle, relaxing massage by one person only. If not, it is too tiring and exhausting for me in my weakened condition.
So today I had a truly quiet and relaxing massage from just Laxmi and the same chest pack again as yesterday. I wasn’t quite as cold as yesterday (they told me that most people begin sweating when this is put on them) but still not comfortable. This is just another indication of my still very weak condition. Dr. will also do some further treatment later to help clear my sinus and chest, which is normally done by the Vamana (vomiting/purging which I am not allowed to do this year), so all is well.
And just to make a day even more perfect, even with the wall blocking my view, I was still rewarded with these slight signs of a beautiful sunset.
It is now 9:30 at night and to my great surprise, just got back home from a fun evening at Laxmi’s house. She invited us today and I had originally planned to go to the puja to meet some Israeli friends, but I wasn’t feeling up to it and so decided to go with Michal for a quick visit and light snack at Laxmi’s house. We met her at the clinic and waited for her for quite awhile before she was ready to leave. We bought some sweets for her kids and mother-in-law on the way. And to my surprise, my good friend Reingard, from Germany, who I know for several years now and who I spend quite a lot of time with during my stays here (last trip we went to Varanassi together), was also there.
We played with her kids, aged 11 and 13, had lots of fun, it was great to see her lovely home finally complete – it was still in progress last time I was here. After working a full day at the clinic, she came home, changed clothes and went into the kitchen to prepare what we thought would be a light snack. We sat in the room for quite awhile (after being served delicious chai of course) and she was still in the kitchen. Went in to see what she was doing…got a few more pointers about getting my own chapattis to come out as good as hers, and then went back again to wait.
Finally, when we were all really tired, but quite happy spending the time with her kids and talking to Reingard, she came in with a full Tali for each of us!! Chappati (with ghee of course), two kinds of subji (vegetable dishes-one cauliflower, the other potato and cucumber) and delicious soup made from cucumber!! Talk about a light snack. This is one meal we certainly won’t tell the doctor about!! But it was soooooooooooo delicious! And we had a truly love time.
Her kids have gotten so big, and as they go to a good private school (paid for by Reingard all these years), they speak wonderful English. Michal had finally picked up the four suits she had tailored for her and so we also had a fashion show, which was great fun!
All in all a lovely evening. And now happily off to bed.
Namaste from Rishikesh
To my great surprise, I am feeling wonderful. Actually better than I have felt for the past few months. I was “out and about” today…met a lovely Israeli girl when I went for lunch and we spoke for more than an hour, and then continued down to do lots of errands in Laxman Jhula (none got done, but it is not important). Had a wonderful walk, the weather is getting better each day, I am getting stronger and more fit and the hills are easier than they were even yesterday. I have more energy than I have had in a very long time. I know there will be more difficult days during Panchakarma, but for now I am in heaven.
Just making this into a photo post with some sights of the day. Enjoy!
…and just for fun-More Monkeys:
A great day to everyone!
Namaste from Rishikesh