February 2013

After yet more Ayurvedic hot oil treatments, an excursion to Athirappilly_Falls


where the swimming is good both above & below the cascades; then on to Cochin, where friends were staying at the Flora Airport Hotel


where the food is delicious, the service excellent, the infinity pool (seemingly) boundless, and the walk from the front gate of the hotel to that of the airport, less than five minutes.

Back in BOM, to upack and repack, and to watch Zero Dark Thirty, then to Benaras, where in the restaurant of the Hotel Haifa (which could be renamed “The Global Lobby”) Renata (a Brazilian whom I met in Yawanawa back in October) recognizes me and walks over to say hello. The world: a small globe indeed.

On then to the Kumbha Mela, where on the evening of Magha Purnima (the full moon day) 5 of us made an 8 km roundtrip on foot to bathe with millions of our closest friends at the Sangam (estimate for total baths on that day = 11 million – most, thankfully, earlier that morning). All in our group reported feeling strangely uplifted after the experience. Next stop Chitrakoot, then Khajuraho, the latter continuing to be a lovely place, with fine food; when there, consider staying at the EuroStar Inn


and do not fail to have the panna cotta at the Mediterraneo


And then, New Delhi, which finally has a true pan-Asian restaurant:


Noteworthy books: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions and Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

Handy URL: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_

Helpful article: http://www.bpsbooks.com/BPS-Books-blog/bid/21727/

Hopeful article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/science

Worthy site: http://sanskritdictionary.com/translate.php?q=love

And, most exciting of all (at least for me): I can now officially announce the appearance of the newest addition to my family of printed children:


May the Space be with you!