Having decided to give my time for two months, I was ready for anything and everything. My nature is that I hardly ever get bored. I always find things to do, whether it is socializing, going out to see places or simply finding a good book to read. And I was in the perfect place for all of the above.
My Daily Schedule
Getting up early has never been my strong suit, so here also I was happy to sleep in. Of course since the sun came out early, I had no choice but to be up by 7:30 am (is that late?
). And then spending another half hour in bed just lying, thinking about what to do that day and listening to the birds outside, was very enjoyable.
Breakfast at the guest house was lovely, especially since I did not have to make it – BTW – that goes for all the meals!! I completely enjoyed not being in the kitchen for two months. Mornings were for me; emailing, facebooking and socializing. There were always some or the other guests at the guest house, so I would just spend time chit chatting with them until I had to go to work.
I would work from 11 am to about 12:30 pm or so and come back for lunch. Usually I would have very little to eat for lunch because I was not hungry in such hot weather. And after a while food got a little repetitive, which was just fine with me since I did have mild obesity (wink!!
). Some days I would take a 20 min nap after lunch, other days I would go to the Registrar’s office and be there until whenever they needed me.
Usually I would finish work by 5 pm in time for evening tea. I would try to sit at the Mahakaal during the 6 pm meditation on campus. After dinner at 6:30 pm, my student would come over and we would study chemistry till about 9 pm.
After 9 pm I would get time for myself again. Since I get up late, I go to bed late too, sometimes past 12 am. And that was the time I would spend reading books and writing about my day. One of the books I really wanted to read was Acharya ji’s Pragyo-upanishad and I did. My only problem was that I don’t understand Hindi very well and I could not appreciate the text in its entirety. But I did finish it and I did wrote some key things for myself. I will post those in my blog, as I understood them, as time goes on.
My Social Life
I never thought I would make so many friends in such short time. The guest house was a great place to meet interesting people no matter whether they were Indians or foreigners. The international students I made friends with were amazing. They had such passion for being at DSVV and learning about Indian culture. I could also feel the challenges they were facing in being at a place where hardly anyone speaks English (it reminded me of when I was in Brazil and could not speak a word of Portugese!). I would help out as much as I could, but ultimately they were meeting their challenges themselves.
(Dinner with foreign students)
Between my rounds to the offices during work I met some really wonderful faculty and students of DSVV. Again, thanks to emails and facebook that we can all keep in touch.
Almost every other evening I was on the phone with a family member or a friend. Since I was not planning to visit any of my relatives, we would talk a lot on the phone. It was really good for me!
Perks of DSVV
The library was a great resource for everything on yoga and Acharya ji’s literature. Once I got my library card made, I had no shortage of books to read.
(Photo by Sapna Gupta. Library at DSVV)
DSVV has many mango groves on campus and one the best perks of living there was an unending supply of fresh, naturally ripened mangoes. Why would I eat any other fruit??
The canteen was convenient; I enjoyed an occasional chaach, samosa or paraantha. Not to mention that I found a dhobhi,
also on campus. He became my new best friend on campus. Oh! Doing laundry for myself was such a waste of my time in India!