We landed in
I was rather confused for two reasons: 1) Wasn’t he supposed to know where we were going?? 2) He asked me the question in Hindi. In
I told them that I had no idea where we were going, and that I had the address but not the directions. About 15 minutes into the drive, the man in red got out of the car at a stoplight and just started walking away. The driver told me that his house was nearby, so he was going home. I was somewhat confused as to what was going on, but I just went with the flow. We ended up stopping four or five times to ask for directions before getting to the place. When we actually got there, there were a few people waiting for me at the door. (I had called them from the driver’s phone to let them know that I was coming). I paid the driver and went inside.
As soon as I got in, I felt at home. The amazing thing is that throughout the country, even though there are hundreds of local languages and dialects, Sanskrit is one language that remains constant. Each person in
I was informed that I was not going to Sringeri that day. There was massive rainfall going on in Sringeri, so much so that some of the buses that left from
The rest of Wednesday went by rather uneventfully, I helped out here and there and got to meet a few people. It appears there is the creation of a new Sanskrit dictionary going on at Aksharam, so different pundits and scholars from all over the country periodically come in and stay for a few days or a few weeks to help. I watched them work for a while, I watched others do certain tasks (helped as well), watched a Sanskrit class for little kids take place. It was quite enjoyable. Of course, I didn’t understand a word of what was being spoken outside of the Sanskrit, because it was all in Cannada, but what was being said in Sanskrit I could understand. The day ended early for me, I turned in around 9:00 PM because I was too tired to do anything else. I went right to sleep.