Suddenly there’s a lot of things going on. Several friends from Helsinki have arrived during the past week, brightening and refreshing our days with their company. Also two Sanskrit classes started, a completely new Sanskrit discussion class as well as third level Sanskrit. So far I’m completely lost in both, we’ll see how it goes and if I can keep them up.
Led intermediate on Monday after tho days of rest was nice, although there were a few long holds when Sharath made us all wait when someone was too quick or not doing something correctly. Again I practiced up to Dwi Pada but was then told to stop. Otherwise practice has been nice but definitely feels very short. In Mysore class Sharath still keeps me at Eka Pada. It’s somewhat frustrating because there’s nothing wrong with my Eka Pada, Dwi Pada is the one I need to work on, but whatever, we’ve only got three more weeks left here.
On Tuesday I attended another one of Anu’s cooking classes. This time we learned how to prepare dhal, lemon rice and sweet pumpkin. Anu also made energy balls for all of us. Tuesday was also a day of water leakages. In the morning I manged to flood the kitchen floor with drinking water when the tap on the drinking water container came lose. Later in the day I noticed that one of the taps in my bathroom was leaking. By the time the plumber came the whole tap had come loose from the wall, spraying water all over the floor until the water tank on the roof was empty. At least the plumber was almost on time and fixed the tap quickly.
Masala box – new cooking class, new spices
Curry leafs and red chilis
Sweet pumpkin cooking
Yesterday was pool-day again and today Maija, Anni and I took a little trip to Chamundi Hills as there was no practice today due to the full moon. We left at 8 am, taking a rickshaw to the Nandi bull statue half-way up the hill. The Nandi bull is considered a vahana, or “vehicle”, for Lord Shiva. There’s a stairway of 1008 stairs leading from the bottom to the top of the hill but we only climbed the upper half, from Nandi to the top where there’s a few temples, Chamundeshwari Temple being the most important one. According to legend Mahishasura, king of the city that is now known as Mysore, was killed by the goddess Chamundeshwari after a fierce battle and the hills are named in the honour of the goddess. Later we took the local bus back to the city center and another from the center back to Gokulam. It was my first time on a local bus here and I was almost dissapointed it wasn’t more crowded.
Some of the 1008 stairs leading up the hill
The monkey that stole and drank what was left of my Coke. It ripped the Coke right out of my hand and I thought it might be a bad idea not to let go. Also it was a strong monkey!