Planes, Trains, and Auto-Rickshaws

Trip Start Feb 09, 2012
Trip End Feb 26, 2012

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Flag of India  , Madhya Pradesh,
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Some miscellaneous observations from Varanasi and Kajuraho to lighten the mood after that last post:

- A private concert featuring flute and tabla players during our evening boat ride on the Ganges. It was lovely music, but ended quite abruptly when it suddenly started raining and we had to rush back to shore to take cover in an archway with the locals.

- Stark naked Jain Buddhist men strolling through the museum at Sarnath, birthplace of Buddhism. Their only accessories were small brooms used for sweeping insects out of the way as they walked, in keeping with their desire to refrain from harming any living thing. The lack of clothing is a result of giving up all worldly possessions. And no, they don't bother using the brooms to shield their privates!

- Unattended cows wandering aimlessly down busy city streets and through intersections, while cars, rickshaws, and motorcycles weave around them without a second thought

- Women in saris riding side saddle on the back of motorcycles, or sometimes driving themselves

- The sweater vest as a wardrobe essential for men, occasionally a fuzzy and/or sparkly one that was no doubt a secondhand womens' item, unbeknownst to the wearer

- Men who are not afraid to wear showy jewelery, especially rings with large semiprecious stones

- The erotic sculptures on the temples at Kajuraho, proving that the Hindus of past millenia were not shy about much of anything

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Nee on

Great descriptions, Mo! I am getting very excited about my trip...

Leanne on

I haven't been getting the alerts for the updates and just came onto the site today to see if you had posted anything new. Wow! Those are quite the stories. I don't think I could have handled Varanasi. On the other hand, I did enjoy the wandering cows and sweater-vest stories!. How shallow am I?

moinmotion on

Glad you are enjoying!

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