Tweets from Southern India

The view from Paradisa Plantation

The view from Paradisa Plantation. The land across the valley is a nature reserve for tigers.

Some of you non-Twitter folks asked me to share what I posted while in India (@jenna_harrison). I’ve put a widget up this site, too, to track any future travels.

India photos are up already on the gallery of this site (more to come), and you can also check out some gorgeous professional shots by Jordane Elmassian for purchase at www.elmassian.net/india2011.

7 Feb
India, here I come!
9 Feb
First thing upon leaving airport spotted truck of cows going to market. Turns out Keralans eat beef! India defying stereotypes already.
9 Feb
SIM card search is over. $7 for a month of unlimited data and texts for 1 rupee?? My own Shangri-La
10 Feb
On a houseboat sipping from a coconut and floating the backwaters of Kerala
11 Feb
An impromptu talent show on the boat last night with our crew and acts from around the globe. Fireflies blinked in applause
11 Feb
Loving my first Ayurveda massage. Doused in oil from head to toe, then put to sleep with slow hypnotic strokes
12 Feb
Toured a tea factory this morning. Fact: black tea gets fermented before roasting
12 Feb
Tea bushes look like fluffy green cotton balls stretching up and down the hills. One kilo sells for 90 rupees ($2).
13 Feb
Back online after technical difficulties: phone runs out of prepaid funds in the middle of tropical forest and no internet at the hotel.
13 Feb
Arrived in Chennai (ex-Madras), 4th biggest city in India. Totally different feeling; we’re really in India now. Total commotion everywhere.
14 Feb
Off to Desikachar’s yoga center for a full morning of classes. My first true Indian yoga experience.
14 Feb
Centuries of wisdom made concise and accessible. A sun meditation taught by a woman who glowed from within.
14 Feb
The sense of dukham (suffering) is like a grain of sand in the shoe: not life threatening, but very nagging-TKVD
14 Feb
My Indian phone co keeps sending ad texts for astrology and spiritual advice hotlines
14 Feb
Someone knows someone who travelled India photographing its stray dogs. Strangely, no cats anywhere.
14 Feb
A family of four was fascinated by my camera zoom. They gathered to see, then: “Ok, click, click!”
14 Feb
7th c. temples at Bay of Bengal: many surrounded by sand are now in dirt after the 2004 tsunami, others lost to the sea.
15 Feb
Today is the festival of the cow in Pondicherry. Cows are painted and all dressed up in their Sunday best.
15 Feb
At the Ganesh temple in Pondi you give the elephant a handful of cash and grass, and somehow he figures it out.
15 Feb
Grooms place a toe ring on bride at wedding to show she’s married. It’s the only time in life he’ll touch her legs.
15 Feb
Sitting in a gorgeous outdoor garden cafe, feeling very Casablanca. Pondi’s French influence makes it so different.
16 Feb
More exhausting morning yoga with Desiree Rumbaugh
16 Feb
The road narrows to run through a market. Segregated stands: one just for bananas, for different kinds of garlic
16 Feb
Temples and ashrams and no shoes permitted anywhere. Feet are black black black
16 Feb
Arrival euphoria over, culture shock raging. Bought a kitchen brush to scrub my feet, esp where I stepped in peacock poo
17 Feb
Sunrise yoga in front of a holy mountain, then a nice long sleep. Life’s looking brighter again.
18 Feb
We had an audience with a wise teacher yesterday who encouraged us to seek the permanent, witness the temporary
18 Feb
Full moon: over 200000 pilgrims come monthly to circumnavigate Arunachala mtn, an embodiment of Shiva
18 Feb
The Indian equivalent of 911? 108, the universe’s most auspicious number.

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Comments

  1. What an exciting adventure. I’m talking about it being an adventure for me to read about India. I can almost picture the beauty of it all. Thank you for another delightful travel log. xoxo

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