Saturday, September 11, 2010

Krishnapalooza

{In Which We Are Engulfed In A Hindu Street Parade}

So the past week was an especially good one for the Hindu god Krishna, whose birth was celebrated in full force in our little Himalayan hamlet of Landour. It was also a good one for yours truly, for whom the concept of the Hindu street parade was a new and most enjoyable experience. Giddy with Krishna fever and feeling rather daring, I demolished a samosa from a street vendor and polished off a fruitmonger's quince, and would you believe there wasn't so much as a rumble in my tumble in the ensuing hours. Krishna must be on my side. (For now.)












24 comments:

  1. I miss the colour of Hindu festivals. Obviously, I've never lived in india, but half of the population at home is Indian in origin, so their religious festivals are marked in the most splendid fashion.

    Your tummy will son acclimatise to the new local microbial flora. At least, I certainly hope it does. :)

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  2. wow, it looks like an amazing experience! i hope to see the chaos and colours of india first hand someday. i admire your decision to live there for a spell, i'm glad its not defeating you :)

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  3. haha... this looks so intense!
    more eyes on you (and your camera) then on the parade it seems

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  4. way fun lily! love the picture with the the deities and their trident! love the ladies' clothes on the right.

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  5. yum oh the food! can you drink the water or do you have to buy it in bulk?

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  6. Gorgeous! Samosas YUM! I love lal the color but i specially the the photograph of the trumpet player hands!

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  7. Excellent. How many times have you said to youself "Wow-Am I really here doing this?" I'd be in a perpetual "trippn' out" state.

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  8. Ooooo - you got some amazing pictures. The blue face girl?? At an art show, I', convinced she'd sell like fried twinkies at a state fair.

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  9. agirl- "Microbial flora." Yes. It would seem I am finally FULL of such delights these days;)

    KA- Thank you!

    amy w- Thanks! Small victories, day by day, right?

    Mlle- Thank you! The older women are so statuesque in their beautiful saris. Remind me again where you and your huz traveled in India? Now that I have a better handle on the geography I'm dying to know!

    HEARBLACK- I stick out like a sore thumb here anyway, and with a big honkin' camera, I mean, forget it.

    Roxy- We have a simple water filter that may or may not work, and I brush my teeth with the tap water, so at this point I think our systems are ok with the local H2O. But we're at the top of a mountain in the Himalaya, so there isn't anyone to muck it up upstream. In Delhi we were vigilant about only using bottled/super filtered water.

    Nadia- Thank you! Aren't his rings wonderful?

    Jen- ALL THE TIME.

    Relyn- That's actually a MAN dressed up like Krishna! I know- unbelievable, right? Fried twinkies = brilliant.

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  10. AHHHHHH. you need to be a photographer in your next life. or maybe this one.

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  11. SO great to get these amazing vivid updates. Glad to see you're getting a little more settled.

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  12. Keep the photos coming! Beautiful.

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  13. These are *so* beautiful, Lily.

    Well done.

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  14. FANTASTIC MY DEAR!!!

    Last time I was here you were in Joshua Tree; now I have found you in India, along the ride you shared the marvelous across America trip....

    These are amazing images Lily..

    Congrats

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  15. I think the fruit are guavas not quinces, which are super hard and sour raw.
    Jacqui

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  16. The Samosa look very tasty. That parade is so vibrant and fun!

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  17. excellent photos! looks like great fun

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  18. So gorgeous!

    And just think of the stomach of iron you'll soon have.

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  19. What a great blog!

    Have a nice time!
    Paula

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  20. Amazing people, great colors... I would love this place!

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  21. Jacqui, you must very well be right- they were sweet and pulpy-seedy, not really quince-like actually, but it never occurred to me that they might be little Indian GUAVAS! Mystery solved. Thanks!

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  22. Lily these are so great! I love getting to hear about your India adventures. It looks absolutely gorgeous.

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  23. Wow!! I love all of these photos!! Thank you for showing us your world Lily!! XO

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