We didn’t just stay in Mananthavady during our meeting. We also visited Mysore and Bangalore. India is an enormous country, and everywhere seems to be at least 3 hours’ drive away. I spent a lot of time on the bus. Because we were such a large group, I was sorry that we were unable to stop in smaller villages, but we did see some of the rural life through the window.
We even stopped for a coconut refreshment stop:
Experiencing fresh cardamom for the first time
Brother Ignatius demonstrates a wild pineapple. I had hoped to see a monkey riding an elephant (I saw both monkeys and elephants), but this was the most exciting thing I saw.
Brother Julien poses with Brother Gregory on a visit to a school conservation area. A little different from my own school’s conservation area (fewer tigers).
Brother Gregory poses with Colonel Hathi
Mysore Palace. Given I was the only English delegate at the meeting, there was some debate as to whether my own English ancestors used to live here. Alas, photography was forbidden inside.
There is a good devotion to St Philomena in Mysore
Her shrine in the Cathedral Crypt
Exterior of the Cathedral at Mysore
Visiting a school. It was the school holidays in India (being the height of summer, so most of the schools we visited were empty of students)
This school in Mysore is being funded by the Austrian Abbey of Wilten
I think Indian health and safety regulations are bit more lax than British ones. This well was in the school playground.
Brother Aloysius picks lychees, and later eats them
I found our Indian hosts were very cordial and welcoming. Here the superior of the community at Mysore presents Father Abbot General with a flower.
Thankfully, the Indians haven’t heard about the modern liturgists’ dislike of the multiplication of images.
I didn’t see any snakes in India, come to think of it…
Many of the 19th century missionaries were from France
Colonial architecture at its best. St Patrick’s church in Bangalore