It was an extraordinary visit, full of magic and beauty and revelation.
You did an amazing job of pulling so much together, and must be
exhausted but hopefully happy.
I'm sure you want our opinions, so let me summarize what I most loved
as well as some pitfalls to look out for in the future.
The best, as they come to mind:
Your mother, her still center. We can all learn so much from her.
Dave, who is a remarkable young man, sensitive, responsible,
intelligent. I know all of us in his house felt he made a huge contribution to
Just about everybody we met for their unstinting generosity and
kindness. I'm happy that they are your Manipur. Of course, particularly the
incredible kindness of the Thoudam family.
The first evening at your house. The delicacy and power of the music.
I was transported. I'd gone to a new world.
The dance rehearsal. Grace, subtlety, control.
Manipuri polo. The glamour of the hills. The thrill and joy.
The field. of dreams, which I thought perfect for our needs. How
wonderful that you found such a perfect place. We must now make it happen.
The baseball games, tears in my eyes, I was so happy.
Ras Lila, the unbelievable spectacle, the mournful delicate sound of
Radha's voice. I wish I could have stayed to the end for the union,
but I was building a fever which actually lasted into Calcutta where I
slept 13 hours and began a recovery (sadly couldn't make it to
There were hundreds of other wonderful experiences, but those I've
listed affected me most personally.
On the pitfall side:
Overprogramming. I know you want to show us everything wonderful, but
some prioritization must happen, some selection. We had insufficient
time to digest what we experienced, and most of us were exhausted,which
is why so many fell ill.
Proper preparation for the weather. I know I suffered particularly
from the cold because I didnâ€™t get you last emails, but in any case
people must be aware of the temperature shifts and the conditions (that is,
that so much is done outside at night).
I think that's all for now, except to say I hope some concrete good
will come of all this. I have developed great admiration and affection
for the Manipuri people.