A picture can be more powerful than any words I can add, so I will share a few pictures I've taken, mostly from the car as we are driving along. Sometimes Ravi drives, but most of the time Vignesh drives. Vignesh is a soft-spoken young man, usually smiling. He was married last May and is expecting his first child this spring. He is skilled at what is a very challenging job - finding his way safely through this chaotic traffic.
A group of about 12, mostly students, from Denison, arrive tomorrow for a one week seminar, so everyone is busy preparing. I will be doing some traveling with Barbara, a professor from Denison who began her one month stay here just before Christmas. This will be our first time venturing away from the comfortable, safe home that Ravi and Sheela are providing for us. We will be gone about 10 days, visiting Pondicherry, Tiruvannamalai, and Trichey. We will be visiting ashrams, alternate communities and temples, and finding our way on our own. Even so, this is a baby step because Ravi has helped us arrange our transportation and lodging. I hope to be able to report from the road.
All I'm sharing with you so far are sense impressions. I still don't know what I think and feel about all this. I can tell you this much. I am definitely glad I am here and I believe I have a lot to learn from this experience.