It’s Manjula’s and Willian’s (who’s he?) birthdays this month. First however it’s the BIG goddess herself: Chamundeshwari.
Don’t ask her age.
Hence the crowds for the free bus to the top of the Hill.
Here one day, gone the next.
So we celebrate it calmly at home.
Blue for Ganesh. Yellow for Chamundeshwari. Other partygoers: Krishna and Shiva.
Chamundeshwari, known as Durga in the north, lives at the Temple, on the hill behind our house. She famously killed the demon after which Mysore (Mysuru, if you insist) is named.
“The Home Office also refused visas by saying it was not confident the applicant would leave the country at the end of their visit despite applicants clearly visiting for a specific purpose, such as a weddin; submitting evidence that they had booked and already paid for hotel accommodation ending on a certain date; presenting letters from employers, that stated they had been granted a specific period off work for the holiday; or running their own, successful business back home.”
This is exactly what happened to Manjula two years ago….. check below for links to the story of Manjula’s visa application.
A holiday visa is applied for
All she wants is a holiday
Let’s try again
She did succeed in obtaining a visa and now has had two wonderful trips to the UK
thank you to our wonderful wedding guest friends
Mike and Sue representing our friends and family in the UK, indeed the whole of the British Isles
Tom and Amy, well for being Amy and Tom
witnesses for all turning up at the registry office to hang around
Vasanth for being the most tolerant and oldest friend
Satish, project manager
for the many friends we’ve been fortunate to make through Mysore Bed and Breakfast and MyCycle Tours and who’ve been great to keep in touch and tolerate Stephen’s continuing blog entries that have now actually lasted longer than the weddings.
I think it’s safe to say: ‘I won’
Six Brahma Kamla flowered BEFORE I left for the UK
They are especially beautifully intricate.
Ching Ching 1000 rs which I’ll not get, of course.
I think we know who’s going to win the bet. It should have been 1000 Rs per flower!
There are five or six coming out tonight
Street dog Update
Ruby was first adopted as a puppy by one of the neighbours. I asked them to deal with her skin problem when it first arose. But they first neglected it then threw her out when it became a real problem.
She reappeared last week in a sorry state. We’ve always been friends so today once she’d appeared during the day, I managed to catch her.
Here’s the rest of today’s adventure.
Vasanth and I took her in the auto
. She stunk! But settled in quite quickly. Our destination was PFA – People for Animals. Right over the otherside of Mysore. It’s a great place, we know them well 🙂
I left a donation. The vet will fix her and neuter her. I’ll check how she is when I get back from the UK in August. We can’t have her because of Lucie and she’s unlikely to get adopted. So, she’ll be let back into the street where she was found (it’s the law) we’ll adopt her from a distance.
Lucie was of course very put out and jealous, as you can see. But where is Billi?
The bet is on! Each year we have a lovely array of Brahma Kamla flowers.
Here’s the buds.
Manjula reckons they will not flower before I leave on Monday. I believe they will. The wager is 1000rs.
Here’s what it will look like