Mysore Dasara 2007
Trip Start Jul 18, 2007
26Trip End Dec 23, 2007
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Sarah and I went into town around 11AM, but the parade didn't start until 2. We didn't know this until we were almost out of the Infosys campus, but figured there would be things going on around town. When we got to the parade route it was evident that we would just be waiting... for a long time.
Then, around 1PM the parade seemed to be starting. There were just a bunch of older cars driving down the street, but there was a rush for the front. The cars weren't very exciting, but I found it humorous that two of the maybe 15 cars broke down and had to be pushed while in front of us! That part of the parade didn't last long, but when we tried to sit back down, someone was half sitting on Sarah's chair, so Sarah was half on mine. That was when I started to realize that our platform idea might not be much better than just standing in the crowd. The people standing along the edge of the street were scaring me though. When they started getting too rowdy, police took out sticks and beat the people. The worst part about it was that the people in the front had no way to hide because they were so packed in. I didn't get any of that on video, but there was a cop on the balcony next to us attempting to stop people from jumping up.
Once it seemed that the parade was about to start, more and more people were jumping up onto our platform for a better look. Then all the sudden I look to my left, and see that the platform was falling!! I actually saw it collapse before I fell, but in the end there was nothing I could do about it. We fell about 5 feet, and my leg somehow got smashed under my chair, leaving a nice big bruise.
As it turned out, we weren't the only ones with a bad experience with Dasara. Luckily Sarah and I didn't have this problem, but I guess many of the other girls were getting grabbed wherever they went, and other people got so smashed up in the crowd that they were actually worried about broken ribs for awhile. Plus, there was one American guy who was just walking down the street when he got pushed into the middle of a group of men who wouldn't let him pass until they stole his wallet, with him knowing and nothing he could do about it. So all in all, I think I may have lucked out. I am definitely going to stay away from festivals in India from now on though! And, to anyone considering coming to Infosys, watch the parade on TV! Its better that way!
http://www.mysoredasara.com/gallery.htm Here is a link to the official Mysore Dasara pictures. The gallery from the 21st shows some good pictures of the painted elephants, and there are other good pictures of Mysore in the others. Check it out!