Temple Tour of South India/Tamil Nadu Yatra — it’s a GO!

  Details are finalized, the hotel rooms are booked for 20 travelers and this trip — SEPTEMBER 8-22, 2015 is a go even if there is only one person who wants to travel with a seasoned Indiaphile such as myself….(and one person has already signed up!)…. “Forget the travel section of The New York Times,…

who wants to go to South India?

Tamil Nadu to be exact. Last year I led a group of stalwarts to Chennai for private classes at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Madiram and then on to Varkala, Kerala where I led a yoga retreat.  You can read a review of that trip  here.   A few told me it was their trip of a lifetime….

upon first seeing the temple

Brihadisvara Temple, Gangaikondacholapuram, Tamil Nadu, India, January 2008 “Yoga is a generic name for any discipline by which one attempts to pass out of the limits of one’s ordinary mental consciousness into a greater spiritual consciousness.”–Sri Aurobindoaddthis_pub = ‘yogagal60510’;

nandri!

Nandri is “thank you” in Tamil and I’m thanking Sindhu for giving me these blog awards. nandri, nandri, nandri, Sindhu! hugs to you, my Indian sister! I think you know how I love Tamil Nadu! Please check out Sindhu’s other blogs, especially Flower Girl’s Rural India and Flowergirl’s Recipes (for all you Indian food lovers.)…

Gandhi: the movie

For those of you who loved the movie Gandhi — or those of you who have never seen it — there is a 25th anniversary special edition DVD. it came out in 2007 but I just found out about it! the 2-disc set has interviews about filming in India, about finding the right actors, along…

"you are all Gandhis"

Pongal festivities were in full swing when I arrived in Madurai in January. India has thousands of festivals and Pongal is an important one in Tamil Nadu. it is a harvest festival and I had read in the paper that it is similar to the American Thanksgiving because it is a time to give thanks…

losing myself

namaste, namaste, namaste! It has been a while since I’ve posted — the closer it gets to blowing this American pop stand at the end of December, the more I have felt the need to take a break from blogging. I’ve posted a map of the Indian state where I will be waking up less…

I heart Rameswaram

I arrived in Rameswaram about 3 pm on a Saturday after a 7 hour car ride from Kodaikanal. The ride was interesting as I watched India flash by. . .being caught in a “cattle crossing”, eating lunch for 10 rupees at a tiny restaurant in the middle of nowhere where the proprietor took me in…

kodaikanal, part 2

View from Coaker’s Walk Palani Hills I hired a car to tour the local sights on my second day in Kodai. I can’t remember the names of where we drove, but most of the spots would be called “scenic overlooks” or “nature viewing areas” here in the US – and also one golf course, where…

kodaikanal, part 1

two of the friendlier citizens of Kodaikanal… I arrived in Kodaikanal and the bus dropped me off in the middle of town. My two old Brahmin friends who discussed yoga philosophy with me bowed their heads and placed their hands in anjali mudra and told me that these “two old jivans” (jivan is a living…