Thursday, March 31, 2016
In Jaisalmer, we're staying at the Suryagarh - a wonderful hotel. We had a six hour drive today across the desert and it was such a pleasure to land in this place for the next two nights. Pictures don't do it justice. Although our hotels along the way have been very good, this is in another class entirely. I'm afraid things (hotel-wise) will be going downhill from here.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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Two Bollywood star were staying in our hotel in Mandewa while shooting a film in a fort nearby. They're very popular and people would line up to catch a glimpse of them coming and going. The Stars were waving to their fans and generally responsive.
Staying tonight in the local Maharajah's palace, now a hotel. The number of skins on the walls is incredible. They killed everything in sight. Beautiful but eerie place.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
The Hindi word for ingenuity is Jugaad. From Wiki:
Jugaad (alternatively Juggaar) is a colloquial Hindi and Punjabi word that can mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around, used for solutions that bend rules, or a resource that can be used as such, or a person who can solve a complicated issue.
You see it everywhere...Indians figure out how things work and when they see a need, they improvise. Taking a page out of their book, I came up with my own Jugaad invention this morning. We're on our way out of Varanesi and one never knows what kind of toilet experiences lurk ahead. Around my neck hangs the "TP Scarf" both decorative and functional. The generic name lacks pizzazz I know...perhaps "Wear & Wipe"? It's only a prototype and requires an artistic touch...perhaps a quick smear of paint swiped over it, or a fancy braid job. What do you think?
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
What's left to do? I guess you can spit. Everyplace else there seems to be signs saying "no spitting."
From the Ghandi home...such a wise man.
Mini dioramas in Ghandi house tell all of Ghandi's major life events.
Cloth drying at the Dhobhi Ghat, a giant outdoor laundry, where factory-made shirts are washed, along with the laundry from one and two-star hotels and "lower class" hospitals. You might find these red shirts in Target or Walmart. They're labelled, put in plastic and sent back to the factories after the work is completed at the Ghat. It looks like a horrible job, but our guide tells us they are paid well, get good medical care etc., probably because of tourist interest, the cynic in me thinks.
Victoria Terminus, main train station.
Magnificent floral arrangements at the Taj, changed every day.
At the Ghandi house.
More views of the Ghat.
Fruit man at Crawford Market.
Dabbawallas, taking a break from work, eating out of their own tiffin boxes. They deliver hot lunches everyday, hundreds of thousands of them almost mistake free. You can tell them by their white caps.