time to take gastronomic tour of the ashram kitchen. Crisp salads made from garden fresh
vegetables , wafer thin chapatis and soft freshly made jaggery with liberal dollops of
home made ghee is a luscious sacchrine delight. With our hunger well satiated , we move on
to the next destination : The living quarters.
tragedy : On our way, one of our colleagues notices a quaint bell. Curiosity getting the
better of him , he rings it. "You shouldn't have rung that bell. It indicated the
lunch hour!" chides our tour guide. But the damage is already done. Heards of eager
patients are migrating towards the ashram kitchen. It is a virtual exodus !
p.m. Its Siesta time
whole ashram bears a deserted look. Everything has come to a grinding halt and silence
reigns supreme. Life in the ashram which at present is on the 'pause' mode will switch to
'paly' mode only at 3 p.m. As the human engines guzzle 'Kadha' (a potent concotion
prepared by boiling lemon grass, tulsi leaves, milk and jaggery ) they will rev-up and
accelerate into activity.
belives in the activity called total inactivity. Especially, in the afternoon. After
consuming food, blood is diverted from the rest of the body to the stomach and intestines.
If one engages in the activity after fod blood will get rediverted to the body. This will
upset digestion. Any irregularity of digestion reflects on the whole body as a spectrum of
diseases right from pimples to gastric ulcers ! So the concept of an afternoon siesta
.I repeat must be incoporated in our daily regimen ." informs Dr. Jitendra
Arya, the Chief Medical officer of the ashram. He adds, "Drinking a lot of water to
flush out toxin and fastening are other important concepts of Naturopathy. The objective
feeling of hunger should be looked at every objectively. One should always listen to body
language and body intelligence
4 : Of all the vices hunger is unsurmountable.
p.m. : The hasty retreat
we walk into a restaurant. Our host guides us to a nearby table. With such close
proximity to the Nisargopchar Ashram business must be considerably slight,
In fact, its quite the contrary .The hotel owner reveals, and further explains,
"you can't keep people hungry for long. Most survive the regimen at the Ashram for a
few days. Then during their afternoon walks, they all make a beeline for my hotel and