A friend, all of 83 years old, had a recent adventure despite the Covid 19 restrictions and health issues and also against advise of friends like me. He successfully accomplished a long cherished dream of doing the Narmada Parikrama.
To honour him, the informal group that we have operated over the last few years called The Mauli Discussion Group, or MDG for short, organised a meeting to felicitate him as well as meet personally for the first time since the Covid Lockdown. The last meeting that the group held was on March 5, 2020. So almost a year since we had met last.
One regular member could not attend but there were five of us plus the honouree and here is a selfie taken after the meeting. Please note how young all of us are!
Here is one of mine with the honouree.
The felicitation was done our traditional way by wrapping an angavastra around the honouree’s shoulders, giving him gifts to commemorate the occasion and to put on a traditional cap on his head.
The meeting was held as usual at another member’s home who too was felicitated with a gamucha as an expression of the group’s gratitude for his hosting the meetings.
During the meeting it was also decided that by the middle of March, the group would go on an outing to a couple of places of pilgrimage close by to Pune and it was left to yours truly to organise the details.
Meeting over, the group adjourned to a famous club next door for a sumptuous lunch.
The point of this post is to emphasise the return to some semblance of normalcy in our ancient lives.