Seeking solace at Ananda Spa in the Himalayas after a Clinton defeat

I’m sad that Hillary Clinton will not be the President of the United States in 2017. Most of my friends are sad, even dismayed that Donald Trump was able to win Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan and even Pennsylvania. The day afrer the election, we left for India. I’m glad I don’t have to listen to the “Monday Morning Quarterbacking” by the so-called pundits. Blah blah blah…

I don’t think Donald Trump will be good for America or for the world, Yet, I don’t agree with the protesters with the #NotMyPresident chants. Trump was elected President fair-and-square in spite of Hillary Clinton winning the majority of votes. The electoral college is the rule that America follows. As a staunch Clinton supporter, I have to deal with it. We have to deal with it. Life will go on. For the next 4 years, politics will suck but life will go on.

I hope Trump changes his stance on immigration, environmental policy, foreign policy, taxes, domestic policy and changes his attitude towards women, right to choose and LGBTQ; but I am not holding my breath.

I’m glad that we flew out the day after the election. We landed in New Delhi on the 11th and immediately flew out to Dehradun and were subsequently whisked away in a car to the Ananda Spa. Bliss. We were there with my sister (Amiben) and her husband (Dushyantbhai).

Ananda Spa – Maharaja Palace

Coffee at the negative edge pool overlooking the jungle

Macaque eating grubs from the bark of a tree

Atop a mountain at the end of a 4-mile hike

Peacock leads to way into the spa – Ananda

Coffee in the pool, Ananda Spa

The Ananda Spa in the foothills of the Himalayas. It’s blissful. Politics is definitely NOT on the menu. Coffee in the pool, massages galore, superb food, light running or hiking, gentle walks, monkeys on trees and an occasional deer are on the menu. The vistas are breathtaking. We rented a villa for 4 days with a private butler and a private pool. We could be featured on the “Lifestylfes of the Rich and Famous” this week. It’s that good.

Outdoor yoga, Ananda Spa
Indian Accent, Menu

Ananda Spa is about 18 kilometers from the godly city of Rishikesh. We could see the river Ganges from there. Everything was just about perfect. Even the weather was a perfectly calm and sunny 75 degrees. We had a private deck/patio in our villa that overlooks a private negative edge pool with monkeys in trees. The birdlife was plentyful too with exotics like Oriental Whiteeye and the Great Tit among the most common ones.

As for my training, on two of the 3 days, I ran an easy 3 to 4 miles at 3,500 feet elevation on hilly terrains in incredible beauty. We also hiked up 2,300 feet to reach an elevation of 5,300 feet to a Parvati Temple overlooking snow-capped Himalayan peaks of 20,000+ feet. The hike traversed through lush jungles, small villages and farms growing mostly mustard. Friendly little kids with precious smiles greeted us at every nook and corner. I love being in India. I love the friendly faces; I know the language; I know the customs and culture. It’s me. It’ll always be home!

We flew back to New Delhi yesterday and ate at India’s best restaurant called Indian Accent. It was a full-on multi-course menu with a fusion of Indian and Western flavors. Much like our experience at Geranium in Copenhagen, this experience was a once-in-a-lifetime food delight!

Tonight we fly to India for my niece Sanjana’s wedding. The celebrations have already begun; I can’t wait…

Indian Accent – Prawns wrapped in Bacon
Anardan (Pomegranate) Sorbet Clenser

Indian Accent – Digestive Churan

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