chitta chatter

best, worst and definitions

Posted in India, simple pleasures, yoga by Nancy on January 24, 2010

Well, our movie career has been postponed until further notice. Seems some dignitary decided to roll up to the Lalitha Mahal the morning of the shoot, so the film crew was forced to cancel. If they can reschedule during the week before we leave, we may yet get our big Bollywood break. Otherwise, it’s back to toiling in obscurity.

In the meantime, I’m compiling a list of the best and worst of Mysore, as well as an Iyengar-to-English dictionary. Here’s what I have so far:

Best Sweets — Varalakshmi Sweets & Tiffanys. Mom-n-pop (with son, Sunil) joint near JSS Hospital in swingin’, downtown Lakshmipuram. They always offer me samples, even of the things I’m already buying. Sugar pushers. Love ’em.

Best Meal — Dinner at Aunty’s. You get 2 or 3 vegetable dishes plus 3 chapatis for 50 rupees. And she keeps piling the veggies on your plate until you tell her to stop. Aunty rules.

Best Wildlife — Monkeys roaming—and thieving—freely through the city

Worst Wildlife — Mosquitos; there’s even a new mosquito-borne disease that resembles Dengue fever but isn’t… takes months to get over it.

Worst Inconveniences — Power outages all day long (though they’re at fairly regular intervals); parasites in the tap water; no washing machines (‘twould interfere with the dhobi wallahs’ gig)

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Iyengar dictionary:

“see the top” = look at the ceiling

“surround it” = bind the pose

“tie it back” = bind marichyasana A or B

“introduce the hands” = put your hands under your feet in padahastasana

“come to the position” = samasthiti

“roll on” = do chakrasana

“reverse the leg” = fold your leg out to the side for triyang mukha eka pada paschimottanasana

“get up!” = into utkatasana; or from garba pindasana into kukkutasana

“fold the knee” = bend your leg for utthita parshvakonasana

“arrange your head” = tilt your head back and put the crown on the ground for setu bandhasana, matsyasana, uttana padasana, etc.

“Right leg! Right leg!!” = could be any number of things he wants you to do with your right leg (or left) but isn’t telling you.

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  1. Lora Glazer said, on January 24, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Actaully Everything Sounds Great In The Best And Worst List…Except The Parasites In The Tap Water…Mmmm;D Do They The Locals Filter or Boil The Water?

  2. Nancy said, on January 24, 2010 at 7:36 am

    The locals grew up building immunity to all the things in the tap water so they can drink it with no problem. Even some westerners can hack it. But those of us from sanitized-for-your-protection-USA have no immunity to anything, so we’re screwed… can’t even use it to brush our teeth. Pain in the arse!

  3. smstephenson said, on January 24, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Aha! I just figured out this whole “leave a comment…” My first blog! Sorry to hear about your postponed silver screen debut and the demise of your dental health. I don’t suppose laying off any of the sweets is a possibility. Wasn’t it Braveheart who said “You can take our water, but you will never take our Varalakshmi Sweets!!!”

  4. Nancy said, on January 25, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Braveheart, huh? Well, that explains it. I have the Scottish part of my bloodline to blame/thank!

  5. maria said, on March 15, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Both the legs!


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