i love this photo that my friend Devadas took at dawn in Manhattan a couple of years ago. i wanted to use it on this new website of mine, but it doesn't actually illustrate kirtan or harmonium lessons or links. it's just a lovely, evocative image of New York, the city of my childhood that I never expected to re-inhabit. but here i am anyway, whether i expected to be or not, as 2013 gets rolling. and here we all are, together for this moment on planet earth. may all of us, may all beings be safe, healthy, happy and living with easy hearts, whatever comes to us in life this year, this century, this time around.