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Of Monastries and Nostalgia

You know what i want to do? Leave the AC office (classroom/hostel room), go out, into Qutub Institutional Area, walk down the road leading from IMI to IIFT and go to the Buddhist monastry a few turns away.
Go down to the converted basement stepped prayer room where the canteen might be, or to the first floor stepped balcony overlooking the beautiful and serene sundar vans (the protected forest), where the canteen resides in winters. and sit there and admier the trees dripping wet with raindrops, fresh and new, the birds on the bush nearby, the silence, our warmth at being with each other, our abstract conversations, debates, interspersed with laughter and silence, admiration of the place.
go there with Apu, sash, Richie, Vinky or with SB. order some Piping hot (!) coffee which they make so well, a slice of the gooeey chocolate cake (the huge sizes the offer!), a plate of noodles and of course! the delectable cheese and egg grilled sandwich.
After spending our usual 2/3 hrs up there, we would leave and come up to the steps in front of the main hall. probably even go in for a while, in fron of Buddha, and then come out and sit looking at the lawns, on the steps and talk, hae fun, and finally, when the sun starts setting, wlk back to the buzzing of the institute, just a few steps away.
NEed it be said that the monastry where i have been with each of my frnds individually and together, have spent so many hours talking, not talking. Being together...
Yes, thats what i feel like doing right now.
Go out, feel the wet air, and be back again ... back again in delhi, 2002.

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29th Jun, 2005 10:21 (UTC)
Its a well written blog... I could visualize the place and how wonderful it would be to go there... esp. in this season.
Yes dipta...sometimes u do write for the readers as well...
29th Jun, 2005 11:34 (UTC)
Me Too!!!!!!
i want all that :(.. Now!.. If only i could...............
29th Jun, 2005 14:14 (UTC)
M, you should see the monastry. it is exactly made in the typical pagoda shape, with painted wood making the wall decorations (typical) brought in from Gangtok et.al. The main prayer room was large, spacious and calming, and could be overlooked through large glass windows from the fist floor, from where you wakled on to the verandah-cafe.
Sometimes when the monastry was in the teaching time, we would reach when prayers were going on, and we would sit inside listening to the chanting and the trumpets. then intermittently all present would be served the Tibetan-style tea. It was amazing.
They taught you Buddhism there, but took only international students (for some reason) and the monstry on 3 sides was covered with hostel rooms.

At night they would light up lamps. It is a wonder that such a place exists right in the middle of a bustling city - that too capital of India. you enter it and you are transported into Tibet - almost.
29th Jun, 2005 16:44 (UTC)
Re: yeah
Rather uncannily i also have been thinking about college the last two days, a series of thoughts.. and looking at what you have written makes me long for it even more.. I can see in my mind's eye, the monastery and the adjoining sanjayvan as clear as the day. Going with our gang and spending quality time, the famous banana shakes and the infamous wasp sting that apu was subjected to and me never being successful in finishing one of those thupkas!.. The beautiful prayer wheels and the feeling of absolute serenity and calm inside those hallowed halls. The austerity practised by the monks, and those talks about everything and nothing at once.. enough to make u long to join college again!.. Sigh!!!!
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