Author Archives: admin




Testing the Nikon



Atma Shatkam

It was just by chance we’ve chosen Shivo’ham to chant together at the end of a workshop on Indian philosophy. It so happened that this poem (Shloka) beautifully summarized what we’ve learned!

We don’t want to keep it for ourselves. Here are the lyrics with the meaning: ODT, PDF.

And some samples from YouTube:

  • Sudha Malhotra in In great Indian classical styole, the favourite of all the Indian participants! Unfortunately poor audio quality.
  • Same classical style, this time in male voice, that of Purushottam Das Jalota
  • The iresistible Deva Premal. Number one for the West – the Indian participants didn’t like her style though.
  • By Rajeswari Arun. A natural rendition without any instruments but a lot of devotion and true Indian pronunciation – in an accessible style for amateurs like you and me!

About the Shloka:
Technology of the Heart


Rain in Lonavla

It was a complete surprise and a nostaligia for me how much it can rain in this Indian town close to Mumbai. Since a good week it rains in one stream, there was a glimpse of the sun for minutes a couple of times, no more. One night of heavy rain turned my garden in to a pond.

The amazing thing is, a couple of hours later the water was gone – to be repeated a few days later! (Pictures 6 and 7 are the same as 1 and 2, just a few hours later.)

In the dampness it also feels quite cold. I was told that this is the monsoon and it could last three months! A quick look at Lonavla#Climate showed me that Lonavla is on 600 m elevation and a notorious monsoon catcher. The average rainfall in July is 1,700 mm!


Birth of a fruit juice, Indian style


An outing and back


“Araliya” Picture Gallery 1