It's the start of the Festival Season here in India. For the next several months there will be multiple important festivals that will be celebrated. The first of them is Ganesh Chathurti -- a celebration of Ganesha, the Elephant God.
Mela (Pam, Pamela) will be on sabbatical from her assistant professor position at Hawaii Community College from August 2012-2013. Most of this time will be spent studying agrorforestry systems in South India.