Oct 19

The Hermit goes to America!!

Suparna’s Birthday gift for me ๐Ÿ™‚

She sent it very much on time … i wanted to format it and add pics so it got delayed …

Thanks a lot Suparna…

The hermit traveled across US of A

To Yellowstone, Zion and Bryce

He finally arrived in New York, New York

(So good, they named it twice)

But he was disturbed by what he saw

Everywhere he looked

People were consuming round the clock

A plethora of unhealthy food

Bacon, sausage, T-bones

Meat, grilled and smoked

Double cheeseburgers and โ€˜freedomโ€™ fries

Were washed down with โ€˜Dietโ€™ Coke


Helpings came in three main sizes

Mega, King or Jumbo

If you wanted to โ€˜megaโ€™ save

You could order a โ€˜comboโ€™

Breakfast was usually sausage dogs

With Krispy Kreme donuts

Pre-lunch snack was taco and cheese

With a โ€˜healthyโ€™ dose of peanuts


BLTs, subs, PBnJ

Baloney and pastrami

All you needed to say at McDonaldโ€™s

Was โ€˜Supersize me!โ€™

No one, it seemed, had time to cook

Or sit down at the table

โ€˜Slow-cooked home mealsโ€™ were packaged as


Stop! The hermit wanted to scream

Something was seriously lacking

A million zillion hamburgers

And McDo was still counting!

Alongside the food obsession

Were diets of every liking

Low fat, low carb, zone diet

South Beach and Atkin

You could be thin, you should be thin

A pill is all it takes

Screamed the TV commercials

Between ads of โ€˜juicy steaksโ€™

The hermit was deeply saddened

This was a nation in trouble

Where did one go for veggies and fruits

In the Big Apple?

With a heavy heart he lit his cauldron

Added spices, whole and crushed

The ground below him shook and trembled

Pray tell! What was that?

Was that an earthquake, he wondered

As he cautiously opened the door

He wasnโ€™t prepared for the sight he saw

And stayed rooted to the floor


Three ladies, about 300 lbs each

Out of breath and sweating

Let us in, they gasped between breaths

We smell somethinโ€™ cookinโ€™

The hermit watched as they gobbled and swallowed

And stuffed their plates with helpings

An idea cropped up in his mind

That was definitely worth exploring

โ€˜Ainโ€™ ya got no more food?โ€™ they asked

Once the cauldron was empty

Well, said the hermit, I have plenty more

Simply follow me

With those words he put on his sneakers

Strapped the cauldron to his back

He casually jogged out of the house

The ladies on his track


More and more joined on the streets

They huffed and puffed away

Some cabbed, and got disqualified

And were not allowed to stay

They walked, hobbled and piggy-backed

Across Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn

Now what did that remind me of?

Ah yes! Pied Piper of Hamelin

Once on top of the Empire State

(The followers were now half dead)

The hermit turned to face the crowd

Sweating, panting and red

He started a fire beneath his cauldron

The spices began to blend

While thatโ€™s cooking, let us try out, he said

A few forward bends


Donโ€™t you have something easier

For the moderately fit like us?

Yes, I do, said the hermit

Letโ€™s do Surya Namaskars

They did the cobra, and the mountain

The plank and downward dog

The Empire State was later renamed

The Leaning Tower of York

Why should we do this? They cribbed and whined

This is so unfair!

The protests turned to a soft murmur

As the aroma filled the air

I see a point, said one of them

Itโ€™s absolutely clear

Say youโ€™re carrying two jumbo tubs

But need to scratch your ear

Wouldnโ€™t it be useful

To get your toes up to your face?

The others were forced to admit

She made a compelling case

So it continued, day in and day out

Starting at the crack of dawn

A group of some 500 people

Saluting the Sun

They laughed, they cried, they danced, they sang

There was an inexplicable feeling

Their noses had, for once, led them

To a life more fulfilling

Armed with the knowledge of Gunas and Doshas

And Ayurvedic body types

They learned to make conscious choices

And not fall for the next diet hype

They thanked the hermit, hugged and blessed him

โ€˜Awesome, dude!โ€™ said some

The hermit saw the transformed lives

And knew his work was done

Thus the hermit continued

His adventures year after year

Where do you think he went next

To spread more warmth and cheer?

Here are the other Hermit posts…

The Hermit

The Hermit in France

The Hermit in Italy

Where should the hermit go now? Suparna is reading the comments … comment and tell her where he should visit next ๐Ÿ™‚

Jai Gurudeva!



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39 Responses to “The Hermit goes to America!!”

  1. Aparna says:


    May be even Pakistan? China?

    surely Suparna Can do a lot more!!! And keep loving her works..

  2. Mayank says:

    AWESOME READ!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s take the Hermit to Germany now! ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Prashant says:

    The Hermit series is simply SUPERB! OUTSTANDING!

    Let the hermit come to India next.
    Else, you make take him to Japan or China too.

  4. sudha says:

    seriously back to INDIA with a bang!!!!!!!!!!!BTW u have not posted recipes lately

  5. swati says:

    Suparna you are simply great…I loved ALL Hermit poems…pls pls keep them coming…. and Hermit sure knows where next ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. sudha says:

    of course yes

    to my home also :))))))))))))))(luv to spend every minute with u )
    Luv u Bawa

  7. Nikhil says:

    Wow wow what a read
    Simply fantastic and fabulous indeed!

    I think the hermit should go to China next..

  8. Rahul Joshi says:

    Bck to INDIA and specifically to Rajasthan.
    We need our Hermit here desperately.

    This was a mind blowing post BAU……. awesome one…..!!!

  9. Anshika says:

    Wowie work Suparna! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Suparna says:

    LOL…Love the pics!

  11. puneeth says:

    one god level poem.
    dai ski(in japanese- like it very much)

  12. Archit says:

    Beautiful! Simple, yet sublime… Wonderful poetry Suparna!

  13. Monica Tiwari says:

    I rememer that you posted it earlier too, for half a day or sth, but of course the new version is cooler. Suparna is so cool!
    And you’re chilled ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Wow… its beautiful… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Am loving this series… Great work Suparna ๐Ÿ™‚
    Next Suggestion : Australia or say a University in some part of world….

    Jai Gurudeva!!

  15. Kumar Simha says:

    hi Bau…hilarious pics those :)…lol…
    Btb i feel the next endeavor should be the kiwi land-New Zealand..
    ‘coz if iam not wrong its got some of the most fattest people in the world…


  16. Ashwani says:

    Hermit goes to Chennai next! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sweet as usual from Suparna!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Kedar says:

    After New York..the Hermit Should Visit San Francisco….SO that whole of US of A is covered…and all are healthy

  18. Renu says:

    Superna your work is superb and bau’s pictures make it more enjoyable, like a nice icing on a delicious cake. I think Hermit should come to singapore now.Can or not? Can can…

  19. Sunil Poddar says:

    Really nice!

    I feel Hermit should now visit Goa

    Jai Guru Dev.

  20. pradeep says:

    Ayam Nijah parovete laghuchEtasAm |
    udAra charitAnAMtu Vasudhaiva KutuMbakaM ||

    The Hermit belongs to the world, its his place where ever he goes….. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Anil says:

    Simply brilliant…
    Loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. hamsa says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. hamsa says:

    soo very cute .. like you ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Anand Jage says:

    Hmmmm.. Hermit goes to China may be… or Hermit goes to England and teach them something to cook other than mashed potatoes and going pub meals … ๐Ÿ™‚ !

    Hermit may even go to Middle East, or Austrailia.. But i did love to see him go to England next… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your Hermit Series is superb Suparna… keep composing…

  25. Abhishek Bhardwaj says:

    The below link will take you to cho chweet love story. This story is part of NCERT class 12th syllabus.


    I just love this story. So simple, so elegant yet so powerful that it will stick to your mind. I read this story when I feel bad.

  26. komal says:

    awesome superna i really enjoy reading and re reading the hermit posts ….
    maybe the hermit should go to australia next ? or even spain?that would be nice .. maybe i shall help u too with aussie or spain…

  27. Sanchit says:


  28. Kruti says:

    How about taking the Hermit to The Universities here in the States? definitely, the Students here need to replace weekend parties with weekend satsangs !(with a taste bud stimulating healthy ‘hermitic’ meals, of course!)

    Your writings are so much fun and so very insightful! I read ur blog regularly.. and I’m in love with Urvi.. her sensitivity as a child.. It reminds me so much of my childhood ๐Ÿ™‚

    if not now, I would wait for the Hermit to come to the United states in the future..Please keep writing.. We are hungry for more.. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Jai gurudev,

  29. Abhishek Bhardwaj says:

    There is one line ”With a โ€˜healthyโ€™ dose of peanuts”..Peanuts are very healthy. So why healthy is in single quotes..it is sarcastic…

    Peanuts are a significant source of resveratrol, a chemical studied for potential anti-aging effects and also associated with reduced cardiovascular disease and reduced cancer risk…

    Also, peanut is counted in legume family. We should eat some amount of peanut daily.

    • Bawa says:

      Dinesh says they are high vata ๐Ÿ™‚ so not too healthy for me ๐Ÿ™‚ … esp should never be had with water
      Jai Gurudeva!

    • Suparna says:

      They consume a dose of peanuts everyday for all the beneficial reasons you state…The only ‘health’ food they take is one that is high in calories (1 cup=854 cals)…Hence the sarcasm. Our sahaj teacher also mentioned that nuts in general are satvik…except peanuts!

  30. amit says:

    mind blowing!!
    um…shall we take the hermit to…..Mars!!!………

  31. Sudha Pillai says:

    To the land of the Eskimos… ?! I have always been fascinated by their lifestyles…perhaps they could be introduced to the delights of the hermit’s vegetarian cooking.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hm? And ofcourse..Sudarshan Kriya!

    Suparna, I like the Hermit series.. takes me back to my childhood days… to the world of Enid Blyton…. ๐Ÿ™‚ Read your blog too….you are one creative genius… looking forward to so much more from you… Thanks Bawa, and Hi to Dinesh. Take care. Jai Gurudev


  32. Prabhav says:

    The Hermit should visit Gujarat now!! … JGD!!

  33. Shilpa says:

    the Hermit to Italy please….cause even in India he excels n relishes Italian cuisine ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. vishesh says:

    Suparna, you’re getting better and better !!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. varun goel says:

    we need the hermit here in new jersey…pls!!!
    waiting for you here!!

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