Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Winter in Tiruvannamalai, South India - Winter in Boulder, Colorado

Kutti, Beth and Kaveri. In the garden, Tiruvannamalai. 2014
This time last year, I was just finishing a month stay in Tiruvannamalai. My employer at the time had allowed me to work remotely since the company had a presence in India. I was able to connect with my manager at the time, a woman based in Bangalore, after many months of only conference calls. It was great to finally meet her in person when she and her family met me at Ramana Ashram one day.

This year, due to a number of family factors, I have not made the trip back to India. It is cold and snowy in Boulder, CO right now and friends in Tiruvannamalai tell me that it is beginning to warm up there as winter turns slowly to summer. The deluge of winter foreign tourists and ashram devotees will begin to leave and Tiruvannamalai will become quiet (and hot...) as the snow birds return to their cooler native places.

Right now, I am pulled to be in the USA for my family who lives in Boulder. I miss my friends Kutti and Kaveri, the Tamil women I have grown so close to over the past years. They are my strongest ties to Tiruvannamalai and I admire their strength as single mothers who raised extraordinary children under trying circumstances. We stay in touch and they understand my family commitments and me having to work right now.

Just an update from snowy Colorado...