October 17th, 2013


Navaratri Golu in St.Louis, October 11,12, 13, 2013

We visited a few homes for the golu, and I was most impressed by the collection of dolls the ladies seem to have acquired over the years:


I loved this representation of of the Carnatic Music Trinity, Saint Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshithar, and Shyama Sastri, with Raghavendra swami at the right:


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And here's the dusk, deepening into the "ratri" (night) of the Navaratri!


My child and her child:


We thoroughly enjoyed the golu visits, and ate our way through a lot of food :D

Families, and distances

I squeeze his little body to me
In an involuntary cuddle.
I smile at his sister in the morning.
We enjoy our time together, giggling and cuddling.
I'm leaving a happy family
To go on with their lives
While I pick up the threads on mine,
Across the world.
Why, then, should separation
Be such a heart-wrenching ache?
Why should I mar moments of happiness,
When I am watching brother playing with sister,
With thoughts of not being able
To see the minutiae of daily life
In their home, and share them?
All too soon, I will be back with them;
I am sure that the bonds will remain strong
And I can take up where I left off.
Let me take an aspirin
To cure my aching heart...
Let me not dwell on the days
That we will have to spend apart.