Small World, Big Connections


Happy Vishu!  Dear reader, may the coming year be blessed and prosperous for you and your family.

April 2017

Life in the Blue Mountains, Nilgiris, of South India was much simpler during my childhood. Back then it was a small world where service was close and personal. Our milk was delivered by a young woman named Helen who’s family also grew the most beautiful and fragrant roses. (Years later we bought huge bouquets of the colorful blooms for our wedding).  The baker was a family man who made sure he gave us the freshest coconut buns. Every winter the tangerine man came to our front door with a basket filled with tiny orange fruit, juicy and tart.

Even though our town was a sprawling tourist attraction, it was like living in a small village.  After my father’s death the entire town kept a close eye on my sister and me.  The stationary store owner, Rajan, knew when we had important exams and was ready to sell us the latest in fountain pens. The Alankar Bakery owner gave us an extra cookie or raisin-studded bun and always inquired about my mother and uncle (it didn’t matter to that he had never met my uncle!).

There was an invisible grapevine that was almost as effective as Twitter!   My mother heard all the important news of the day from her bus driver on her way home from work as a school teacher.  So of course she knew right away the one day I had left our school campus during lunch hour to visit the local bazaar. Surprisingly I didn’t get in trouble but it gave me pause because I knew there were a lot of eyes on me.  Small world, big connections!

I missed those personal interactions when I moved to California more than 30 years ago but I found another village in the city of Davis. For the past 19 years I have discovered that this college town has a small-town heart.  Small world, big connections.

Case in point: Recently I participated in a community theater production and was pleasantly surprised to see the cashier from the local supermarket in the audience. After the performance she hugged me and told me she’d see me at the store soon.  Another example of small world, big connections.

Social media can fool us into thinking that we are making personal connections while seated in front of our laptop computer or smart phone, but I have found that nothing beats face-to-face interactions.

So this coming year (April 14th we celebrated Vishu or Kerala New Year) I hope you will find the joy of life in the real world, away from the small screen.



Filed under Blue Mountains, Celebrations, community theater, cooking, Fresh fruit, Fresh produce, Indian food, meatless, mindfulness, my mother's kitche, Nilgiris, Personal experience, recipes, Seven, South India, spring, renewal, Uncategorized, vegetables, world peace

6 responses to “Small World, Big Connections

  1. Lynn Yamamoto

    Hi Meera, I love reading your posts! I have a question for you: where do you purchase your spices? I had a patient recently tell me that he has been eating fresh turmeric. I had no idea that it could be purchased fresh here. So I thought, who better to ask than you? Thanks!Lynn

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    • writermeera

      Hi Lynn, Thank you for being such a devoted reader! Fresh turmeric has been available for the past few years. It is available at the Davis Farmers Market in late summer but it is available year-round at the Food Coo-op and even Safeway! Safeway just got some and when I bought it they hadn’t had a chance to put it in the system so I got mine free 🙂 Small world, big connections! I get my spices in bulk from Co-op, Nugget and some from Amazon. I take turmeric caps every day and try to drink turmeric milk at night! Hope this helps!
      Best, Meera

  2. Hasmita

    Lovely post, Meera! Thank you for the Vishu wishes, and I wish you and your family too a blessed and prosperous new year!

  3. Tina

    Well said Meera. Your writing always captivates me, when is the next book coming out? With love, Tina

    • Lemon

      Thanks Tina. You are one of my superfans 🙂
      The next book is all done and it is really good (if I say so myself) and several agents are looking at it. I’m hoping it will be picked up by a big-time agent and publisher. Someone who read parts of it says it would make a great movie 🙂
      Joeti gets married in July. Can you believe it?

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