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

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menotra (men-oh-tra); the yatra you have during the meno years

After our sublime visit to CORD, we sauntered back in the late afternoon warmth and, not really wanting yet to return to the ashram, we walked the extra 20 metres to the corner shop which sells chai, soft drinks, biccies and snacks.  We settled at the table and over a fizzy-pop and pineapple cream biscuits, watched the village life pass by - or settle beside as the case was with one gorgeous puppy. 

Food.  Wins friends and influences dogs.

Wandering back to the gate, we side-tracked to look at some trees which were being tapped for resin.  The Deodar Pines are beautiful with a gorgeous odour - from which we get the name 'deodorant' !
Then I got some shots of our Sri Hanuman statue, which is some 20 feet high.  The ultimate devotee, servant, soldier, leader and friend, Sri Hanuman is invoked for safety in travels, protection and stamina to complete works. 

The late part of the day was superb and I went down to the wall by the temple just in time to spot these goats being walked home by their dog.

That evening there was a spectacular sunset.  What was interesting was that although to the naked eye the sun appeared the deepest orange-red, the 'Nik' was much more sensitive to the atmospherics.  Here are some glimpses.  Do keep an eye out on MY TAKE for more photos and particularly SUNdays!!


  1. lovely pics and I like The Deodar Pines!!

  2. Hehehehe...a dog walkin' goats...BWHAHAHAHAHA...dats cute! I wants me a goat as a pet. I has a stuffie one.
    Them pineapple cream biscuits sounds delish!


  3. Interesting, the origin of "deodorant"!
    What? No photo of the pup who sat down beside you?
    Beautiful photos, Yam, especially the sky shots.
    Luv, K

  4. Memories are made of these. Not through attachment, but to the wonders of friendship. The corner shop took me back to my wee days in srilankan, when we used to walk through the lanes to visit my paternal grandparents.

  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! I agree with Puddles, those pineapple cream biscuits sound amazing!

  6. Hari OM
    LV - you'd have adored the smell too, wee lass!

    Puddles - it was indeed cute to see - I think herding stuffie goats is likely to be much more your style. These fellas were TALL!

    Kay - ah well y'see, there was the small matter of guzzling pip and biccies, by end of which pup had got bored and gone AWOL!

    Mahal - sigh...

    Taffy - Thank you and, yes, they were rather yummy!

  7. I've really enjoyed these posts, Yam, though I'm sorry not to have had time to comment on them individually. Life will quieten down again soon, I hope.

  8. Hari Om
    Perpetua, I am sure it will and bless you for taking time even for this. Blessings to you. xx


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