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Monday, May 19th, 2003

Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Under The Weather

Heat takes its toll

I have not been feeling too good the last few days; I have been feeling listless and run-down.

I think this is largely a result of the constant heat. The daily high temperatures (plus 32°C/90°F) sap all your energy, and make it difficult to sleep at night.

I have not left my room or attended the last two mangala aratis, so everybody knows that I'm not feeling well and they are so kind, caring, and concerned that it is almost embarrassing. Prema Narayan Prabhu brings me fresh squeezed orange juice, Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi brings me powdered vitamin C, and Mangala Maharaj brings a platter of fruit: apples, bananas, watermelon, litchis, and mangoes.

If my mom was here, she would know just what to prescribe for me — a good dose of castor oil! When we were kids, that was her all-purpose cure. I still shudder to think about it :-)

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