This is my last entry until I reach the US. My time in Bangalore, as well as Pune and Bellur, was amazing… and only got better each day. I will be a bit sad when my flight takes off from India tonight. Especially Bangalore!
One big coconut, good for 2 meals!
Mostly because it’s home to one of my favorite yoga teachers. Every class with Arun is a joyous experience even when he’s challenging our senses to the limit. He brings lightness and levity to every practice and truly knows what the body needs for the path of healing… “Hold for 5 minutes, 2 minutes is not enough to make a change.” Another, “tightened the knees, no mangoes, ice cream scoops or English muffins!”
Bangalore aka Bengaluru, which means ‘boiled beans’ has a growing population of over 11 million! It’s considered the high-tech center of India and the home for retirees due higher elevation and temperate weather.
Though traffic is a bit worse in Bangalore, maybe because of its super fast growth and lots and lots of new construction. It took my driver an hour to go cross town, about 4.5 km this morning. It’s not all cars, motorbikes etc, Bangalore seems to have more traffic controls, lights and one-way streets. It’s a city that requires patience.
And I’ve made a new vegan sister friend, Divya Nichani, who has offered her home as my home next time I visit. We met in Bellur and became fast friends being plant-based certified and animal rights. We met for lunch today at JustBe vegan cafe. Yum!
Before meeting Divya for lunch, I went to see the Bengaluru Palace. Ugh, a bit disappointing and expensive. Paid extra just to take cell phone photos in addition to their entry fee (because the defunct royal family can not afford to maintain this palace) and another handout for Albert Francis my guide. Frankie worked me for as much as I could give but after 20 mins that was enough for me and Nandi (Shiva’s bearer of truth and righteousness.)
Here’s some photos from a traditional Indian dance performance I attended with Arun and his wife.
A beautiful visit!
Goodbye and Namaste India, for now.
See you again soon!!