We had the opportunity to walk on the grounds of the Theosophical Society yesterday morning. The Society property used to have the largest banyan tree in India, but now there are only the many offspring of that tree, surrounding a large empty circle where the mother tree once stood. The flora was remarkable, as were the lizards, insects and sounds. The smells ranged from the dry, dusty earth smell, to rotting fruit, to frangipani and cactus blooms. Orgies of red and black bugs startled me with their exuberance and multitudes, as they covered the ground under one tree, and raced from underfoot as we walked along the paths. The Society property was truly an oasis of calm and quiet in the midst of the relentlessly hustling and bustling city.