Guiding Light of The Month

One must be always vigilant, attentive to the least call, so as not to be asleep or inert when Thou givest the signal for action, whether with the mind, the feelings or the body. - The Mother

Along the Way… May 2017 Walk Review

I have never really associated myself as being a morning person but all that changed after the birth of my daughter Anushna. After we moved to Singapore now almost 4 years back, we regularly attended the monthly brunches but less so the walks. After Anushna came of a young age of 8 months or so, we made it a point to attend the center walks as a way of exposing Anushna to the beauty of Nature and to breathe in some fresh air. In turn it was also a good way for us, her parents to stay fit. As we started to become regular members, Mr Ramanathan caught on me for writing my experience for this month’s May newsletter which is quite a special month. For the past 3 years, my parents have always been with us during this month as it is summer holidays in India. As they are also well acquainted with the hosts late Patel Uncle, and his family, my parents together with my family here makes it an even more memorable day.

We promptly started the walk from the host's residence which has an underpass that connects us directly to the East Coast Park. It was a beautiful morning; sunny but not hot with an occasional cloud cover and fresh sea breeze. Anushna was excited and energetic. We constantly ensured to show her everything around: the trees, the sea, the sand, people cycling and walking. After her initial enthusiasm, her sleep caught on with her and she dozed off. We continued along. My mother then made a remark on the numerable ships that were dotting the blue and we both reminisced about how when each of us were much younger during our school days at the Ashram school in Pondicherry, spotting even one ship was such an excitement and thrill for us. And now, it was next to impossible to keep count of these vessels as Singapore boasts of being one of the busiest harbours in the world. Before we could realise, it was time to make our way back to the host’s house. A bit tired and expectant of a good meal ahead, the Patels menu and spread of dishes did complete justice. Even Anushna had a good fill and she enjoyed picking on the grape fruits. She mingled in a friendly manner with everyone. 

After thanking the hosts profusely, we made our way back home. I felt good and was really glad that I had made the effort to wake up early to attend this walk and am hopeful for continuing to do so for the many more occasions that come. 

-          Auropriya Reddy

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