After Nepal, I spent a few months in northeast India, including one month in my own local apartment in Gangtok, Sikkim. Unfortunately, my grandmother in Gujarat became ill during this time. My mother rushed from Colorado and I from Sikkim, but we both missed seeing her alive. After her cremation, we spent 13 days in elaborate Hindu rituals before releasing her ashes.

Coming full circle, as the deadline of 09/09/09 set for the miniature book project approached (see previous post), I chose to name the effort in her honor: RAJNIKA BOOK BRIDGE. I am now excitedly treasuring the incoming books from those closest (and most distant) to me.
Rajnika Manharlal Shroff
June 18th, 1929 - August 10th, 2009