Normalcy Returns.

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.

12 thoughts on “Normalcy Returns.”

    1. My best wishes that it does quickly for you. As I write this however there has been a surge of new cases and so partial shut down and night curfew has been reimposed though day time activities have not been banned.

  1. how wonderful to honor a dear old friend!
    we still have huge amounts of snow… but the sun is shining!
    so can’t complain.
    and you’re looking great Rummy. glad you could get out!

  2. That’s a great achievement at the age of 83! Not much sign of normality here in the UK, still very tight restrictions as the infection rate remains very high. Some sort of normality may return in the summer if we’re lucky.
    nick recently posted..In your dreams

    1. That 83 year old friend is already thinking of some other adventures and has even asked me to accompany him on a jaunt. He is quite incorrigible really. As I write this however there has been a surge of new cases and so partial shut down and night curfew has been reimposed though day time activities have not been banned.

  3. What a lovely post. Thank you for sharing. And that looks like a formidable spiritual exercise and challenge—an incredible journey of about 2,600 km, from what I see on the link you shared? So wonderful and I am glad you were able to be with your friends. It is strange to think of how many things we haven’t done for almost a year.

    1. Yes, so many things that we missed doing. Ranjan and Manjiree are catching up with a lot of dining out and shopping but, I am still to do as many things as I used to before. I will warm up from next month.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments will be closed on March 16, 2021.

CommentLuv badge