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Nov 25, 2017 - Returning to Kattakkada

We have seen Sharon Lumber, Judson Footwear, Brian Agencies, Lawrence Lodgings. Kerala is a state with the Communist Party in power, so we see lots of flags with the hammer and sickle. Heading back to Kattakkada and Sheeja's house, we stopped at the Sujindrum Temple for over an hour. About 1,500 years old, hand carved sandstone, with lots of worshippers. So impressive! Despite the 33 degree temperature, the construction allowed for cool breezes throughout the dozens of rooms, pillars altars, and walkways. Always a melodrama though: as I...

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Nov 24, 2017 - Kanniyakumari

Bags packed. Leaving Kovalum and heading out to pick up the gang at Sheeja's and drive to Kanniyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin. Big waves and jellyfish in the beach water now. Jud got stung about 4 times yesterday and the Russian girl he was with got stung about a dozen times before they could get in. 31 degrees that feels like 38, so cooler today! A day of firsts. First time for me to see a working elephant on the street, as we drove through a small town between Sheeja's town of Kattakkada and our destination on the southern tip of...

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Nov 23, 2017 - Birthday

Today is Brian's 69th birthday, and our last day at Kovalum Beach. The twins have had bad head colds and Brian woke up needing a Sudafed first thing. Enough!!! It seemed to work and he's up for what the day might bring. We are taking Jud to see the old house that the family lived in up until last month - a concrete box with an outhouse and well, but with a decent yard, in a rabbit warren of Muslim houses, and Sheeja's family are Hindu. Later we'll have a visitation by some of Vasu's relatives, who have apparently just started speaking to...

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Nov 22, 2017 - Elephants

Today both Brian and Jud are feeling healthy. Thank goodness. Both have energy and are feeling positive. It is about 36 degrees, or will be later, and overcast. The weather network say 36 but feels like 41. In this humid, oppressive heat, we decided we needed to find an ATM in order to pay the driver, and for incidentals. We were told to walk in a certain direction and ended up having to walk the entire length of the beach, around a corner, up some steps, up a hill and panting heavily came to one -- but not working! Directions from many men...

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Nov 21, 2017 - Dentist

The last two nights we have had fantastic displays of sheet lightening, thunder, and heavy rains. So happy it's taking place at night and we are settled in by then. A report by the charity group WaterAid for World Toilet Day on Sunday said that more than 700 million Indians still suffer the indignity of relieving themselves in the open, or using unsafe toilets. My brother sent me this quote after seeing a report about a government minister caught relieving himself in a field on World Toilet Day that has gone viral over here. There is a...

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Nov 20, 2017 - A Good Day

Brian is beginning to feel better while taking his probiotics from home and the Indian pills I bought him last night to stop bloating. Today we set out at 9:15 am with our driver to make the one hour pilgrimage to Sheeja's house. Again she had breakfast waiting for us. Popadams, chai, idlipom, vegetable subji, chutney. Our mission today was to make an appearance, first, at the 2 year old twins' play school. Fortunately, I brought coloured felt pens from Costco, stickers for teachers to put on projects for good work done, some small school...

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Nov 19, 2017 - Kovalum Beach

Brian began the day with another cup of the magical potion of liquid like the day before, as it helped him enough to give him some energy to be active yesterday. This morning we had Abi, the driver, pick up the family and bring everyone to us at Kovalam Beach. Sheeja was up at 4 am making us breakfast which she brought with her, to feed us in the hotel room. Once again, delicious! String hoppers made of rice, with coconut chutney, chicken curry, potato dish, and even chai tea brought in a thermos. She is very kind and thoughtful and wants...

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Nov 18, 2017 - Kerala

We left Ranchi in two cabs to accommodate all the luggage most of which was gifts for everyone in the family. First obstacle was having to unlock two duffle bags after they x-rayed all our luggage, finding several items with batteries included. The five security officers were very impressed with the Power Rangers action figures as they could light up and make noise. They played with them for a while before asking me to pull out the 4 small solar lights I had bought at Costco. Next we had to get extra legroom for Judson's 6 foot 5 inch...

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Jan 20, 2016 - Fun bits we have not yet mentioned

Mo's camera works. The guys in the camera shop knew their stuff. We had our palms read by the best professional astrologer in Udaipur. He told both of us, sadly, that our love lines are weakening. The reason: no children in our future. Heck, we could have told him that. The astrologer did predict we'll live into our 80s or early 90s. Mo works hard, he said, and therefore has less luck. Jim came from good parents. We were given days on which to fast, lucky days, color of clothing to donate annually, and lucky stones among other advice. Mo...

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Jan 19, 2016 - Contnued pleasures and minor annoyances

Editor's notes. 1. We're not in Trivandum. The web map feature does not recognize the names of our villages and towns in this region. For the record, we are in Kochi, because we simply show up when and where instructed by our group leader. 2. Jim tried patiently to add a fun video for your viewing pleasure in this post. It did not work. He won't apologize for his failure, as he has already suffered mightily for your reading pleasure. Now back to our story. In Varkala we visited the Janardhana Temple, sacred to Hindus. We of course removed...

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Jan 16, 2016 - Same country, different worlds

After the usual horn-blaring near-miss traffic jam of a ride to the Delhi airport, we managed to find our way to Air India for our flight to Trivandum in the south. At the terminal, only passengers are allowed in. We had to produce proof of tickets and our passports. We got into the domestic flight line to check in, only to be redirected to the international line to check in for our domestic flight. Once boarding, we had to produce our boarding passes for two different armed security guards before we got to the end of the boarding ramp....

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Nov 8, 2011 - Ayurveda Care

Ayurveda is a holistic healing science which comprises of two words, Ayu and Veda. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science. So the literal meaning of the word Ayurveda is the science of life. Ayurveda is a science dealing not only with treatment of some diseases but is a complete way of life. Ayurveda is an Ancient Holistic medicine practiced 5000 years ago in India. "Ayurveda treats not just the ailment but the whole person and emphasizes prevention of disease to avoid the need for cure." Ayurvedic Medicine has become an...

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