The Golden Emerald
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... avoidance of eye contact; I felt afterwards I treated the devotees as lepers.
This was a big low point - a reality check on my journey through India. I managed to get in touch with a few memories that contributed to my mistrust toward the devotees ... it was a very big memory from my teens, a fleeting contact (five minutes) with a Hari Krishna guy whilst walking to a motorbike show in Birmingham. At the time it left me feeling very vulnerable; ...
... don't see aesthetics through my western eyes. The other distinct difference between the countries is that Havana and Cuba were clean of litter, India is quite disgusting in that department. If a rainbow suddenly appeared over the city it would be conspicuous in the absence of the colour green. Littering is par for course here. I saw it on the train with the open windows, from bus windows and rickshaws; a bottle top, food wrapper just gets brazenly discarded out ...
... we just have to chill out, it's not a bad thing. I don't think we could have handled a third night of partying with Pranav and Jinal.
In the evening Pranav's parents arrived back from a wedding so we all had tea together, even Jane made it. It was lovely to meet and stay with such a welcoming Indian family. We had had a lovely ...
There was a band playing covers of all the classics, old and new including Ed Sheeran and Neil Diamond. The band were given a rest when the MC (Ketan) came on, he was a natural and very funny, definitely a potential stand up comic. Thank god it wasn't my birthday, he got one lady doing some raunchy dancing (bump and grind) and later a bloke had to do some gyrating pole dancing, very funny, so long as it wasn't me!
You must have heard of the Indian ...
... necessarily your typical show stoppers, this was billed as the everyday objects from India's past.
He seems a bit like Sir Hans Sloane, the fanciful enthusiast whose collection of objects formed the founding of The British Museum.
In the display cabinets were:
- Ornate dead skin removers (get the smooth feet you deserve, and hey, it's a tiger!)
- Dowry boxes: wooden chests that bride's family fills with fortune for the groom when she ...