Your Tropical Paradise Comes With Calluses

Photo credit: Sreejit Poole

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.

Photo credit: Sreejit Poole
Photo credit: Sreejit Poole

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.

Photo credit: Sreejit Poole
Photo credit: Sreejit Poole

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.

Photo credit: Sreejit Poole
Photo credit: Sreejit Poole

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.)

Photo credit: Sreejit Poole
Photo credit: Sreejit Poole

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.

12 thoughts on “Your Tropical Paradise Comes With Calluses

  1. Awesome post. Thanks so much. I felt like a little of me was there by seeing all the pictures and reading your words. And I love all your plans for the future. Sreejit and The Seeker’s Dungeon is BACK!!!

  2. Reblogged this on Living, Learning and Letting Go and commented:
    Sreejit has returned from Amma’s North India tour. He just posted a wonderful recap of his experiences… a recap that included a lot of pictures.

    Sreejit also mentioned that Dungeon Prompts will begin again tomorrow and that he will start a new feature called The Sunday Wrap on Sunday. You can find more information about those when you read the post I’m reblogging now.

    Sreejit’s back and it sounds like he is on fire! I’m excited to see everything he is preparing to write on!

  3. Looks and sounds like you had a blast of a time while doing some recharging. Ok…five hundred to a thousand coconuts a day and I have problems getting into just one, lol. 🙂

    1. I think we all need a good kick at times (I know I do) 😀 . I’m glad that you went…I have a sneaking suspicion that good things will spill forth and it is always good to get away. Haha…what is the saying…if there is a will, there is a way? But I’m not sure I can count that high….lol.

  4. Whoa! I LOVE what you’re doing with your tweets! That’s an awesome way to use twitter: 140 characters of experience/statement.

    I look forward to checking on what’s up with The Sunday Wrap.

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