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

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menory Lane - Again Part 2

Further review of the pre-blog news…

From ANL 15 - 19th August 2012 - between the 13th and 14th ANLs the great little netbook I had purchased specially for this journey gave up the ghost.  Whether climate or some nasty virus was unclear and the end result was the same… new purchase required.  Upgraded to full lap-top - Voovoo the Vaio - and that is when I also caved in and subscribed to internet dongle.  Here's the fun bit from the newsletter.

...Today, however, I managed to wipe out a heap of vid and pix that I took on Independence day; ropable with myself because I can't quite believe I managed to do it.  [Note to reader - this was when still in denial about menopolyxinaemia!]  

Usually there are always reminders popping up - “ARE YOU SURE?” - but not this time. Had the SD card in the slot and was transferring selected files only. Got the Krisnha Janmashtami ones okay but heaven alone knows what I hit wrongly when attempting to move the others. A bit sick about that because it was really quite wonderful. Oh well. 

Janmashtami was fun and there was a real holiday atmosphere – this is the festival that is closest in its style and celebration to Christmas. To commemorate Bala Krishna's 'stealing of the butter' from all the houses, there is a game called Mathaka, where groups are blindfolded and have to hit a clay pot to break it and release the goodies in side. The final pot of course has 'butter' in it… really more of a curd. There is lots of colour and flower confetti – and lollies falling from the sky. For the final mathaka, Krishna-ji himself must appear and perform his lila with the gopis; our little Nilesh did a smashing portrayal. (See the girls faces?!) 

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