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Day ten: Marmite

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Headstand Day (!) start­ed with a thir­ty-minute med­i­ta­tion ses­sion (yes!), which was relax­ing but did not go as deep under as yes­ter­day. Then was yoga class. I offered myself up as a guinea pig to demon­strate the head­stand and I did it (!) with sup­port (lit­er­al­ly) from the instruc­tor.

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Day nine: “Idhaki!”

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Today I had the best lunch yet — yel­low rice (the first rice I eat in a week) with some toma­to sauce and cur­ry made with Keralan veg­eta­bles. Karma yoga was busi­ness as usu­al but after that Ananda asked me to join her at the Health Hut to tell me the sto­ry of how she saved a Lebanese woman’s life dur­ing the 2006 Lebanese/Israeli con­flict.

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Day eight: Happiness

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Swami Mahadev just quot­ed Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose” as he repeats that life is not beau­ti­ful, life is not mis­er­able, life is the mood you wake up with in the morn­ing. It is what it is.

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Day seven: Birthday

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My birth­day (appar­ent­ly — so Corinne says) starts with a morn­ing walk to the lake, where we chant to the sun­rise. I also run into Tsering by the water cool­er and we make a wish on an eye­lash I pick off her fore­head. She gives me a nice warm hug as she leaves to spend the day in the vil­lage.

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Day six: Conundra

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So went the (typ­i­cal) con­ver­sa­tion with my boss at the bou­tique. Today my kar­ma yoga ses­sion end­ed with me tak­ing pho­tos of her again while this poor TTC guy tried to nego­ti­ate a price reduc­tion on a rot­ting copy of “The Yogi,” which Ananda refused to give him.

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Day five: Freeday!

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What was in a sense my busiest day so far is the day I have the least to write about and is also the day I took the most pic­tures. Fewer words, more images. Trivandrum and Kovalam by rick­shaw, an Om tat­too on the inner right ankle, rit­u­al prayer (puja) to the Divine Mother, and I wore local cloth­ing — a nice change from my dai­ly cos­tume of white T-shirt.

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