Thursday, 11 April 2013

Scenes from Life in Tiruvannamalai, South India

 Arunachaleswara Temple,Tiruvannamalai, South India 


It will soon be two years since I moved to India to take a job as director of a technical writing training program in Chennai. I have spent my weekends and worked from home part time in Tiruvannamalai, a town about four hours southwest of Chennai. Tiruvannamalai lies at the base of Mt. Arunachala and is famous for being the home of  Sri Ramana Maharshi, whose ashram is located here.


 

Sri Ramana Mahashri
My husband, David, is a writer and has lived in Tiruvannamalai for the past 36 years. He is originally from the UK. His sister, Geraldine, who is a photographer (www.wildphotographyholidays.com) made a lovely video of this area about five years ago (before I even met David), which he sent out as a Christmas card to friends.

I thought readers would enjoy this short seven minute video set to Indian music, which includes scenes of friends and their children swimming in our well, a house being constructed near ours, and some lovely shots of the garden and Mt. Arunachala during the Deepam Festival.