A note on my three blogs


A note on my blogs

(1) vio; in love with india - this one is the main blog about my Indian adventures, which started in 2005. I don't write much on this blog these days because I prefer to write privately in the confidential blog. But check out the categories and the index to figure out your way. I have kept some older posts not about India but which I still find interesting or relevant in Old words. Also check out my new, fun category Only in India in which I post photos of funny, unique, Indian situations...

(2) vio; sounds of india - this is my blog of sounds, because India wouldn't be as incredible if it was not so vibrant and just so full of incredible sounds!

(3) vio; confidential - this an extension of my main blog in which I post entries I do not want to reveal to the entire webspace for privacy or sensitivity reasons. You must receive an invitation from me and then accept the invitation to be able to read it. You may email me if you are interested in receiving an invitation.

Enjoy!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Routine resumed & heat approaching

Mid-March I went to Pushkar (Rajasthan) with M.C. and Vijay for a week and it was fun. Now I'm back from Mumbai where I visited Michael for five days and that too was fun. In fact it was wonderful, as I hadn't seen him since I started my Indian travels with him and B'ee back in November 2007! That was over six years ago... He is in Mumbai to work on an interesting project for a month, and it was great to catch up. Michael will always remain special for me for it was he who introduced me to my violin teacher, thus I wouldn't be who I am today without him. So I played violin for him, to show him what I've learnt all these years, and he discovered the new "Indian Vio". We chatted by the sea, found lots of crazy items at the junk bazaar, recording some Muslim chants, shared ideas and books and meals... We even went to a bouncy nightclub in posh Mumbai (the first time I went clubbing in India!!), which really excited me at first but which really just made me feel like a country-girl and reminded me why I never actually liked (ordinary) clubbing! Still it was super-interesting to observe and to meet some rich Indian clubbers, a completely other-worldly new scene for me...

And so I'm back in Varanasi and I will be here for the whole of April. After that I don't know, but I presume I shall be in Khajuraho during May and June. The hot season is upon us now, but I still have no wish to go to Europe this year. No energy to plan and no motivation to spend lots of money. So far so good: the weather has actually been really odd this year. It rained loads in January - in Khajuraho almost everyday - and the rain carried on a bit in February and March. We had grey days which made the Ganges river resemble the north see of France up until mid March. And it has generally been cooler than normal, but I won't complain about that! It's already the beginning of April, and although it's very hot during the day (up to 36 degrees), it is still fairly cool in the mornings and evenings. I didn't even sleep with the fan on last night, which feels like sheer miracle, and during the day the flat is still bearable when the fan is off if we open all the balcony doors... Let it last... According to my experience, Varanasi starts getting insanely hot towards 20 April, although thank God the new flat is well-ventilated and has an inverter (battery) which saves us from power-cuts... So let's see...

Since Jerome & M.C. have left, I've been having a new flatmate who will stay here until the end of April: this is my Japanese friend Nahoko who was my flatmate six month a year for four years in the old guesthouse. She came late this season and for only a month and a half, but this is very good timing for me! Varanasi is indeed slowly getting deserted by its non-Indian population now that the heat is approaching, so I see all my friends leave and I'm grateful for Nahoko's company. Of course I'm happy that I have quite a few good Indian friends now, because those stay here all year round!

I haven't been very studious on the violin (and even worse with yoga) since Sonam's wedding in February, because I was being confused and busy with other things. My violin teacher is just back from ten days in Germany today though (it was good timing to go to Mumbai) and he will be here up until May, so I have all this month to resume regular classes, and to practise well on my own as well as with tabla students. I have even decided to buy myself a set of tablas so that I have some for whoever wants to practise at home with me (tablas are heavy and inconvenient to carry around)!

And I have resumed teaching violin to my young Australian student, and I have also found a new Hindi student. Whenever I come back to Banaras after some time away somehow I find a Hindi student again within a day - I take it as a good sign...

Oh, and Little Blondhead's big brother arrived from Russia last week so the young boy has now been released from the Ramnagar centre, and they can take their father out of the psychiatric hospital... Although, this looks like it will be a lot of hard Indian-bureaucracy-type work for them...