I woke up in the morning and felt very heavy headed.
My forehead did not feel to good and my eyes were not fully open. A quick look in the mirror revealed why.
Last night a flying insect trapped in the room must have bitten my face a number of times. I was too tired to wake up but the result was severe swelling to my forehead and my eyes were almost closed with the puffiness.
I downed some anti-histamine.
There was not much that could be done until later in the day so I donned my sunglasses and carried on.
Just before lunchtime, Bobby visited the Ramdas Peth Gurudwara where he was welcomed to talk to the congregation about the walk, raising money for the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and Saksham’s ‘Corneal Blindness free India by 2018’ campaign.
Bobby’s moving talk had many of those seated wiping tears from their eyes and after taking Langar (lunch at the Gurudwara), we were told that some donation had been given by those listening.
Bobby was very happy with the response as he was driven to see the famous Deekshabhoomi.
Deekshabhoomi is a sacred monument of Buddhism at the place where the architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, went back to Buddhism along with about 600,000 of his followers on 14 October 1956. Ambedkar’s return to Buddhism is still an important matter for many in India.
Ambedkar had already declared in 1935 that although he was born as a Hindu he would not die as one, as conversion was the solution to abandon the caste system. After this declaration, he extensively studied the doctrines of all the major religions to choose Buddhism for himself and his followers.
Deekshabhoomi is situated in Nagpur, Maharashtra, a location regarded as a pilgrimage center of Buddhism in India. Millions of pilgrims visit Deekshabhoomi every year.
Deeksha literally means ‘act of ordaining’, Bhoomi means the ‘ground’. So, literally Deekshabhoomi means the ground where people got ordained as Buddhist.
I really needed to see a doctor about my swollen forehead so Nandini and I left Bobby and the others a Deekshabhoomi.
We met a doctor at his house and he sent us to a medical store with a note of the tablets to take, warning they would make me drowsy.
We met up with everyone else after picking up the tablets and headed back to the appartment.
We had been invited to dinner at the home of Saksham’s president but I was so swamped with the backlog of work that I abstained, deciding to stay in the apartment.
I got through quite a lot and was treated to a healthy and very tasty meal by Nandini.
By the time Bobby got back, my tablets had kicked in and I was feeling very drowsy.
Shirish also turned up and I mustered up enough energy to go through tomorrow’s plans. It was going to be an even bigger day than Yesterday!
I went to sleep wishing I was in a mosquito net.