Amritsar, laid back

It’s a laid back place

It’s a laid back place

with an old world charm

with an old world charm

Exemplified by the gracious generosity of my host and old friend Ajit Mehra, owner of the Ritz Hotel

Exemplified by the gracious generosity of my host and old friend Ajit Mehra, owner of the Ritz Hotel

over which Lord Krishna presides

over which Lord Krishna presides

Yes, people are laid back in Amritsar

Yes, people are laid back in Amritsar

Siesta is still a respected tradition

Siesta is still a respected tradition

by all

by all

Dinner at the Golden Temple

Photography thrives at night

Photography thrives at night

But food comes first

But food comes first

Everyone is served

Everyone is served

and all take turns serving

and all take turns serving

chapatis

chapatis

and dal

and dal

and water

and water

Then comes the cleaning up

Then comes the cleaning up

followed by digestion

followed by digestion

the guards protect us

the guards protect us

as evening prayers are said

as evening prayers are said

and finally a little sweeping up

and finally a little sweeping up

Amritsar

A city of Sikhs

A city of Sikhs

A punctual lot

A punctual lot

Hard working

Hard working

and jolly

and jolly

intellectual

intellectual

with humor

with humor

not all

not all

some even wrathful

some even wrathful

though most are pleasant

though most are pleasant

and always well groomed

and always well groomed

maybe vain

maybe vain

loving photography

loving photography

and often armed

and often armed

From North to South India

View from our room beneath the temple

View from our room beneath the temple

Where Rinpoche reads

Where Rinpoche reads

and reads

and reads

and contemplates

and contemplates

deeply!

deeply!

Norbu Tsering cares for us

Norbu Tsering cares for us

and friends visit

and friends visit

from different parts

from different parts

Many friends

Many friends

Friends from youth in Tibet

Friends from youth in Tibet

And we visit friends…

And we visit friends…

The view can get foggy in monsoon

The view can get foggy in monsoon

We don’t go out much

We don’t go out much

Enjoying the world within our little room

Enjoying the world within our little room

a simple world

a simple world

With modern touches

With modern touches

And then I go south… to Delhi

And then I go south… to Delhi

with its art

with its art

and ancient ruins

and ancient ruins

and open street life

and open street life

where the young rests while elders play

where the young rests while elders play

I visit friends

I visit friends

see the view from their new home

see the view from their new home

And then to Rato

And then to Rato

Where Suresh celebrates new eye sight

Where Suresh celebrates new eye sight

Our monks delight in freedom from monsoon retreat

Our monks delight in freedom from monsoon retreat

and I escape to Hubli

and I escape to Hubli

before returning to enjoy my evening view of nature

before returning to enjoy my evening view of nature