Thursday, 25 October 2012

Navaratri 2012

This week my office in Chennai was closed for two days in observance of Navaratri. According to Sharell Cook who writes for About.com on India Travel, "Navaratri is a nine night festival that honors the Mother Goddess in all her manifestations, including Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. It's a festival full of worship and dance and culminates with Dussehra, the victory of good over evil, on the tenth day."

It was nice to have the two days off during the week. My husband, David, and I took the time to wander outside and see what four days of rain had done for the streams and waterfalls on nearby Mt. Arunachala. The vegetation was lush and we encountered monkeys, stream and waterfalls yesterday that emerge when the runoff from the mountain reaches a certain level. The baby monkey we ran across was stuffing it mouth full of leaves seeming to enjoy the greenery that had sprouted with the steady rains of the past week.

I get used to the pace of rural India and am trying to focus on our garden and my newly planted sunflowers for the next few days while I am in Tiru. It's such a different energy in Chennai and the noise and chaos seem never ending some days. I'm glad that I have the opportunity to work from home this week and am planning to maneuver for more time here as my work permits.