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13th Year: 2011
Jan
- Piano Recital by Robyn, Mosaic Art Portrait & CNY Reunion Lunch
Feb
- Chinese New Year, PA Got Talents, Alvin's Birthday & Opening of Clay-Street New Studio
Mar
- Bye-bye Heni
Seva Wk 01: Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore
Seva Wk 02: 1st Seva with Divine Karnataka Project & On Course
Seva Wk 03: Sponsoring Rural Village Sport Clubs & Bridge at Chikmagalur
Seva Wk 04:
'WHY DKP' Corporate Fund Raising
Apr
Seva Wk 05: DKP Helps Rural Farmers, Gadag & Koppal, Karnataka
Seva Wk 06: Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Konark, Puri & Sri Sri University
Seva Wk 07: Tribal School Project, Jharkhand
Seva Wk 08:
Tribal School Arts Festival on Facebook
May
Seva Wk 09: Tribal School @ Dumuria & Ranchi
Seva Wk 10: Tribal School Digital Contest & Kolkata
Seva Wk 11: Kolkata to Delhi to Himachal Pradesh
Seva Wk 12: Shoghi, Shimla & Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh

Jun
Seva Wk 13: Homestay @ Tirthan, Kullu Valley
Seva Wk 14: Sangla, Peo, Nako, Kinnaur Valley
Seva Wk 15: Tabo, Kaza, Kye, Spiti Valley
Seva Wk 16: Demul to Komic on Yaks, Spiti Valley

Jul
Seva Wk 17: Kaza to Manali to Gurgaon, Delhi
Seva Wk 18: Gurgaon & Barefoot College,Tilonia
Seva Wk 19: Jaipur & back to Bangalore
Seva Wk 20 & 21: With the Murthys in Bangalore

Aug
Seva Wk 22-24: Meridian 101 Ambassadors for India & Bye Bye India
Seva Wk 25: Seva in Africa - Jumbo Kenya!
Seva Wk 26: Seva at the Children's Garden Home
Sep
Seva Wk 27: More Seva Projects at CGH
Seva Wk 28: Self-drive Safari to Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate
Seva Wk 29: Short Break to Arusha, Tanzania
Seva Wk 30: Safari at Nairobi National Park & Children's Day Celebration
Oct
Seva Wk 31: Launching BEADwear for Christmas
Seva Wk 32: Robyn turns 13 in Kampala, Uganda
Seva Wk 33: Rafting the White Nile, Jinja, Uganda
Seva Wk 34: Sipi Falls, Uganda & African Child Mega Dance in Kenya
Nov
Seva Wk 35: Nairobi to Mombasa, Malindi & Lamu
Seva Wk 36: Seva@Lamu - Donkey necklace + Kaya
Seva Wk 37: Seva@Lamu - Hands Up 4 Kids
Seva Wk 38: Bye Africa, Hello Istanbul, Homeward-bound Singapore
Dec
- Home Sweet Home in Singapore
 
   

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SEVA WEEK 19 (11-17 Jul 2011)

 

We 'checked out' of Barefoot College in mid morning and were dropped off near the toll gate. While waiting for the illusive bus to Ajmer, where Swapan was to meet the brother-in-law of his good friend, I tried my luck at hitch-hiking. A kind truck driver signalled us to jump aboard and we enjoyed a nice ride to Ajmer. What a grand way to travel in India on a king of road!

We enjoyed a homely lunch and warm friendship at OmPrakash and Sweta's lovely home in Ajmer. In late afternoon, we took a cab to Jaipur.

Kind truck driver
Our kind truck driver.

At the home of OmPrakash and Sweta
Sweta, OmPrakash, Swapan, Jin and Alvin.

   

Jin and I rented a taxi for a day to go around Jaipur to visit various places of interest.

We visited the Laxmi Narayan Temple known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble. The high ceiling in the interior was a serene place for meditation. It is popularly known as Birla Temple as it was sponsored by the Birla Group.

Laxmi Narayan Temple known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble
Rajasthani costume

Hawa Mahal - built in 1799 with 152 windows designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions on the street below without being seen.
Hawa Mahal - built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur..

< Rajasthani costume.

This is how a lady would peek out?

Hawa Mahal - the 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below. Now it houses a well laid out museum.

Peek view
Jantar Mantar (Observatory) - this enormous sun-dial still provide accurate time.
Jantar Mantar (Observatory) - this enormous sun-dial still provide accurate time.
This huge masonary instrument was used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky.
This huge masonry instrument was used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky.
Rajasthani street musician
Rajasthani street musician.
The majestic Amber Fort.
The majestic Amer Fort.
A scene in Jodhaa Akbar movie was filmed here.
A scene in Jodhaa Akbar movie was filmed here.
Jin and Alvin at the mirror mosaic wall.
Jin and Alvin at the mirror mosaic wall.
Beautiful garden within the fort.
Beautiful garden within the fort.
Surroung this quadrangle were living quarters.
Surrounding this quadrangle were living quarters.
The king's private garden viewed from the fort.
The king's private garden viewed from the fort.
The smiling present and the silent ancient.
The smiling present and the silent ancient.
Jin with the ancient gigantic royal cooking pot as seen in the Jodhaa Akbar movie.

< Jin with the ancient gigantic royal cooking pot as seen in the Jodhaa Akbar movie.

The Amer Fort is a huge place and walking within the ground and through its labyrinth of passages was like wondering in a maze. The ancient royal families and servants who once lived here had to be very fit to get from one place to another, climbing up and down the never-ending steps.

While we enjoyed ourselves in Jaipur, we imagined Robyn to be turning into an Indian chef under Swati's guidance back in Gurgaon...

   

Thanks to prior train arrangement by VVKI, we left Jaipur at 1.35pm and looked forward to picking Robyn up at Gurgaon train station at about 6pm. As the train would only stop for 5 minutes there, we were hoping that Robyn wouldn't be late... Alas, we received a SMS from Ankit that they'd turned back as the traffic was causing too great a delay. They would drive instead to Delhi Yesvantpur Station where we were scheduled to arrive at 7.15pm. Our next train from Delhi to Bangalore was to be 11pm at the same station. While Swati and Ankit fought the traffic to send Robyn to the train station, Jin and I had sufficient time to take a taxi out for dinner. Robyn arrived at the nick of time, thanks to Swati and Ankit for the long and jammed journey. Reunited, we left Delhi at 11pm for our longest train journey of 2400km to Bangalore, spending 2 nights onboard. It was a pleasant ride and we even watched a movie "3 Idiots" on our MacBook along the way. We finally arrived at Bangalore at 10am on 15 Jul, after 35 hours.

Aunty Geeta and Uncle Murthy

We are immensely grateful to Uncle Murthy and Auntie Geeta for hosting us at their lovely home in Banashankari. Uncle Murthy works at VVKI.

This huge bull was sculpted out of a single rock

On a Sunday, we visited the famous Bull Temple. This huge bull was sculpted out of a single rock, and was said to grow an inch every year until the nail was implanted on its head.

Bull Temple
Bull Temple

The Yongs and the Murthys at the Bull Temple
The Yongs and the Murthys
Back in Bangalore, we started work on a new seva project with VVKI - to create a new VVKI website to communicate the wide spectrum of courses and seva projects under VVKI and the Art of Living.

 

> Week 20: Art of Living, Bangalore...

 

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