The 5 o’clock hour has become one of my favorites in India. The heat of the day begins to diminish, and the sun falls softer on the skin. Folks are getting done with work, and the pace of the day changes. Tea time comes around, and out come the stainless steel tumblers of sweet, spicy chai. There might be biscuits (cookies,) or samosas, or some other tasty delight. We often gather on the patio outside JP’s home where we’ll play with the dog, munch on a snack, and pause between the work-day and whatever the evening may bring.
This is also the time of day when I (along with any sundry compilation of others) take Leila out for a stroller ride. It is one of her favorite times of day as well. She leans back, and soaks it all in. You never know what you’ll see when you’re out for a walk here. Most certainly, it is never the same, and it is never dull.
On one of our recent walks, we ventured down to the end of Osborne Road where there is a little old man who sells Tender Coconuts. For 12 rupees, he’ll whack the top off of your coconut, and you can drink the coconut water inside. Very refreshing. (And you’ll notice how his sign also advertises the fact that it is good for your health!) If you prefer, you can also get a coconut that is more mature, and it will have less water and more tender coconut “meat” inside, which you can scoop out with part of the shell. I most enjoy the coconut water, myself.
On Tuesday we went on a day trip to nearby Mysore, and atop our visit to Chamundi Hill, we found more Tender Coconuts for sale. They were also good for our health!
Hopefully a few pictures of the sun and the dreamy tender coconuts will be a balm for those of you in the chilly parts of the world!! While we are not missing the cold, we are missing YOU!