INDIA - KERALA
They are Rock Stars! Action heroes of National Geographic Channel series Monkey Thieves! Galta Gang, a sixty-strong troop lives in the Galta Temple, a beautiful Hindu temple on the outskirts of Jaipur. This enduring and entertaining bunch live in luxury because worshipers believe they personify Hanuman, the cherished Monkey God who banished evil in the Indian epic Ramayana.
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MICHAELA SAMANT (1979)
"I was born in Slovakia as Michaela, but I today I am called Sumukhi. How did I get this name, which in hindi mean 'bright-faced'? In 2002 I listened to my heart and followed the man with whom I could share same world view to India. He became my best friend, husband and father of my beautiful daughters Saloni and Sanabhi.
My husband Sunil, was born in the picturesque village Parule, located on the western coast of India. The Konkan coast, as local call it, nestling amidst rolling hills and lined by serene coconut palms groves, smells of spices and each plant, vegetable and fruit, which you can find there, offer culinary adventure. I was exploring it together with my husband, who introduced me spices, ingredients with different taste, smell and colors, and different cooking techniques, which I haven't seen and experienced in Slovakia. Our home and kitchen became multicultural especially after his family moved to cosmopolitan Mumbai and we have started to visit them regularly.
India became my second home. My husband Sunil works as prawns farming consultant and because of his job, we have moved to south Indian state Andhra Prahesh. And me? You would probably call me a 'housewife' but modern Indian women as me call themseves 'homemaker':)
Michaela, what brought you to India?
I did not plan it. I did not hear any special spiritual calling and I did not know anything about India. The only reason why I came to India was love. I met my husband online on chat, when I was practising my English. But 'the language of our souls' did not need dictionary. After few months he asked me to marry him and I moved to India. It was 14 years ago.
It is story written by life itself. Ayurveda is the science of life. What does Ayurveda mean for you?