'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menoloopal Tuesday

Menoloopal [men-oh-loo-pal]; the condition of being sent mental


  1. If you put it on - switch it off (lights, equipments, helicopters - [more on them tomorrow]).

  1. If you had to remove a covering - dispose of it accordingly  (garbage receptacles  are supplied and you will have to take no more than 20 steps to one.  This is not a life-threatening action.)

  1. If you drank/ate from it - wash it and stack it (you're not at home now...not that that's an excuse either)

  1. If you did this or that or the other - wash your hands (I don't want to know what you did.  Just wash it off.)

  1. Wash your hands anyway, who knows where everything else has been.

Dear Reader, you are by now familiar with the fact I reside in India.  You can be forgiven for thinking this notification applies locally only.  Please be advised I have had to post such notices in various workplaces around the globe. Horrifying but true.

The ashram, though, by virtue of being a closed and close community, is a hotbed of strife in such matters.  All the more so with the majority present being male, in the under 30's age group and living for the first time away from home.  Students internationally have to learn about environmental awareness and personal hygiene.  There are many who get it right.  Rather more who don't.

I'm not telling tales out of school.  I have spoken with many offenders in a motherly/big-sisterly manner in the hopes of making a difference.

But they know me to be menoloopal, so just smile, bob their heads and continue as per their norm.

That's why you got one in the eye here today.  Thanks for listening.  I feel better now.  K


  1. Totally agree with what's been written. S constantly uses that soap free wash. Hence one in each car. I prefer the good old water and soap method.

  2. They're young and they're male, Yamini. Soap and water doesn't apply to them and keeping things clean and tidy is done by an invisible house-elf. :-) Well done for even trying.

  3. Hari Om
    Mahal - But S is a special case! Good ol' s&w is actually still the best option; but in emergency the alcohol wipe is fantastic.

    Perpetua - sigh..yes. Every now and then one has to blow the horn, though! What was more disconcerting I must say, was that I had to do so at my Aussie work-place which was female dominant. (Drop of shoulder, shake of head...)


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