Sunday, 8 July 2012

Weekends in Tiruvannamalai

Weekends in Tiruvannamalai make up (almost) for a week in chaotic smoggy Chennai. Yesterday, it rained lightly in the evening; the first time in months that we have had any marked precipitation. The hot season is supposedly officially over but the monsoons of Kerala have only brought dry winds to the state of Tamil Nadu with little to no rain.

This weekend was marred by me burning my left hand somewhat severely on the stove yesterday. Our coffee pot fell off the burner and I grabbed it, but it is made of metal so trying to catch it in my bare hands was not a smart move. I ended up with my hand in the freezer for a couple of hours until the pain had subsided. Today my hand it is just a patchwork of small blisters and my left wrist looks sunburned, but the pain in no longer an issue. This gets added to the 'Never a Dull Moment in India' category.

We are planning to go for a hike on Arunachala (holy mountain of Tiruvannamalai) later in the afternoon if the sun goes under a bit. This would have been unthinkable just three weeks ago but the oppressive heat seems to have lifted. We had been retreating into one room in the house with AC in the afternoons and napping till the worst of the heat of the day was over.

I head back to Chennai as usual at 5 am tomorrow to be at my desk by 9 am. In three weeks we are off to the UK and the USA to visit family and friends. It's hard to believe but tomorrow will be my one year anniversary of living in India.