I am still on British time.
I go to sleep at sunrise, hearing the conch shells (shankha) sounding from the temple next door, and wake up around lunch time. My husband is back at work so I am spending much of my time waiting for him to come home. I guess it will be like this for a while until I find something regular to do with my time. I am slowly (haule haule) tuning into Indian Standard Time, it’s going to take just that, time. You may notice my current Hindi vocabulary comprises solely of words I have picked up from Bollywood songs.
We are so happy to be reunited; I still cannot believe I am back in India! I felt like pinching myself but then someone got there first, a mosquito. I have already experienced the mosquito bites and upset stomach (Delhi belly as it is affectionately known), these joys make it a little easier to believe that I am back in India.
One mosquito decided to have a feast on my forehead, right between my eyes. The mosquito must have had a great sense of humour, the bite looks like a bindi, Great. This red blotch does not fall off (like the stick on velvet bindi do) or become accidentally smeared across my face (like the kumkum liquid ones do). My husband even thought it was a bindi,..how embarrassing!
Looking for the silver lining, if there ever was a place on Earth to have a huge, red, angry bite in the middle of your forehead, India is the place. Your bindi will cover it nicely, phew!
Tips for avoiding mosquito bites…
- Sleep under a mosquito net
- Wear light coloured, loose and long clothes
- Wear mosquito repellent (Odomos is a good repellent available in India)
- Burn the essential oils those mosquitoes hate e.g. citronella, lemon grass or lavender