Hotel Surya Kiran
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... of renunciation. After giving it due thought, at the age of thirty-four years, he performed the prescribed rituals of sannyńsa all alone on the banks of the river Narmada and adopted the name Tyagananda. His ideals for taking this step were Buddha, Vivekananda and Swami Rama Tirtha– all of whom had taken sannyńsa by themselves.
Though he had taken sannyńsa by himself, when people insisted that he should get formal initiation from a ...
Another of our day trips from Dehradun was to the town of Mussoorie located at about 6,100 feet in the Himalayan foothills. The British established this "queen of the hills" in the mid 1800s as a refuge from the hot and humid summer weather found in Delhi and other parts of India. Mussorrie is one of the many “hill stations” established by colonial rulers in Asia and even Africa. Today, Mussoorie is important ...
... myself a little pep talk...c’mon you really want to do it Wilfried survived. If you don't do it you will regret it. I stepped up to the edge...took a breath...said a prayer....and jumped. Splash. What a rush!
Raj jumped next and one of the other guys. The other one made his way back down the rocks. Smiling happily that he was not joining in. We climbed back in the raft and continued on. At the end of our adventure. I grabbed my bag. Hugged my friends goodbye and tromped ...
... tell me that the medicine we had ordered earlier in the day is no longer available. It’s kind of hard to get a straight story about anything here in India. According to my research on the internet, this medicine IS available in India – even as a generic, which makes it much more affordable than it is in America, where it is still under patent. But now the pharmacist tells me that it’s not available – at least not here. This is ...
... in a different India from the one I know and love. He also seemed to be itching for a fight, so I just smiled and left the shop. By the way, as it turns out, two of the coins were one-rupee coins and one of them was a two-rupee coin, so I had been given the correct change after all. Don’t ask me why they make both coins the same size, though. Perhaps they ran out of different sizes?
Mussoorie, Wednesday, 20 March, 2013
On my walk around ...