Amma’s Indian Tour Recap: A cook’s perspective
Eleven buses, three big rigs, twenty cars, one ambulance, and one camper. That is how many vehicles it takes to haul all the necessities, including volunteer staff, for an Amma tour in India.
While all who come for the programs are immersed in the bliss of Amma’s embrace, her devotees, inspired by Amma’s “never say die” work ethic, are doing everything they can to keep up.
I work in the kitchen so I took a lot of photos of the fun we had along the way.
Mornings start at 3am. Well let’s rephrase that. Morning work starts at 3am. That means I g0t up at 2:30 to start cracking coconuts. Some days, especially in Kerala where coconuts are a staple, I cracked 1000 coconuts a day. Most days though it was around 500. After cracking, then comes scraping out the insides with a machine that if you are not careful will steal little bits of your skin away. Yes, mornings are always fun.
We usually took black tea at 4am like medicine. That was purely for functional purposes. It wasn’t until the 6am chai that we started to feel human again. (If someone was feeling especially loving towards me they found a way to get me coffee.)
The kitchen is always crazy with activity. From veggie chopping, to cooking, to taking out the food to be served, and pot washing, there is always people running in all directions. But it has a rhythm to it and when you wipe the steam away from your eyes you find it a beautiful thing.
Amma’s Indian tours are the one time a year when I often sit back and think, “This is the best possible life. I love it.” I think the reasons for these thoughts are that, one, on the road in India you always feel that anything is possible. That is the magic of India. And two, on Amma’s tour you have people from all walks of life, ages and temperaments, coming together and giving everything they have for a common goal. That is the magic of Amma.
Check back in tomorrow for the return of Dungeon Prompts
On Friday I’ll share photos from my Rishikesh excursion
Saturday we visit the Railways of India
And Sunday I present an all new feature, The Sunday Wrap, where everyone is invited to share their favorite posts from the past week from their own blogs. Don’t miss it.