Today is Utpanna Ekadasi. The thermometer on Vijay Raman Prabhu's kitchen window shows -1°C this morning, but it seems a lot warmer than that, and the snow, which has turned to ice overnight, begins to melt again.
Now there's something I never thought I would say: that it is warm when the mercury is below zero! I had never even seen snow before this year; I must be getting acclimatized.
In the afternoon, a truckload of wood arrives: fuel for the wood-burning stove in the kitchen. Makhanchora Prabhu splits the larger pieces of wood with a chisel chops smaller pieces up with an axe.
In the evening, Ashutosha Prabhu, Makhanchora Prabhu and I go to the apartment of Divya Sundar and Navagopi Devi Dasi for the weekly Thursday night nama-hatta program. Amrita Krishna Prabhu, Lila Rupa Devi Dasi and Indu Bala Devi Dasi also attend.