Delhi – Round Three

Well i am back again. I arrived after an uneventful train ride from Haridwar – just me, an overcrowded train and the usual cockroaches. I am getting used to all this…

However, it was with out a doubt sheer bliss to check back into my hotel – “welcome home again Ms. Smith!”

While waiting for my room I had a superb lunch – the one I had been dreaming about – grilled Irish salmon, a salad lightly dressed, some perfect fries (I know but….) and a chilly, crisp Chablis! Practically orgasmic!

I unloaded a huge mound of clothes to the laundry and headed off to the SPA – Hair, Mani and Pedi – all at the same time. Interestingly all the aestheticians were male , so I had four guys working on me at the same time – and i needed it! My feet turned the water a dark brown ( I won’t say black exactly ) the first pass!

Then out to dinner with Micky, Sheeba and their daughter Amrita at an incredible Japanese restaurant. Perfect sushi РOMG.

What all this tells me of course is that I truly am a hedonist! I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Ashram; I learned a lot about myself, will sincerely try to incorporate some of those things I learned into my daily life and I likely would do it again. BUT….

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I suppose it is the juxtaposition of such completely different worlds that works for me. I recollect when on the air safari in southern Africa a couple of years back – the focus was completely outside myself, making those magical shots, flying from place to place in those 182’s; but then returning to Johannesburg and a luxe hotel was also sublime. I suppose too much of one or the other would not suit…

My last couple of days at the ashram were very interesting and bittersweet. I had a couple of the most stimulating conversations I can ever remember having had – Gurinder and I discussed the relative importance of peace, joy and love in one’s life and which could be the most sustainable and which might be the most important – over breakfast no less. Then Tomas and I had a long conversation on the affect of violence on social networks (not Facebook) and how dysfunctional social networks can be detrimental to the sustainability of a social group – that at least was over dinner!

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I said good-bye to the vocal yoga group and and received a lovely compliment – “we will miss your joy!” And I realized that that is probably the main thing I felt while there – pure unadulterated JOY.

I consider myself one of the luckiest of people to have such opportunities in life!

Now I am waiting for my “tech-guru” Ankit to arrive here at the hotel. I am not entirely sure why he is coming to see me but I do think it is delightful that he is coming in from Chandigarh to do so and bringing his “soon-to-be fianc√©” (I wonder if she knows…) Anyway we will have lunch and I am actually looking forward to meeting him face to face – we too have had some far ranging conversations online.

More later…