Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Diwali!

{Landour Bazaar is All Did Up}










Happy Diwali! Landour Bazaar has been abuzz with holiday spirit all week. The streets and shops are festooned with strings of lights and garlands of plastic flowers, everyone seems to be setting off fireworks, and rousing tabla drum beats echo off the hillsides. On Wednesday night P. and I wandered the narrow streets marveling at the festivities, and after sunset we popped into a hole-in-the-wall restaurant and had *the* most insanely delicious onion and coconut dosas. I know, onion and coconut together sounds questionable, but just trust me on this one. Hand-shredded coconut and minced sweet onions fried in a paper-thin lacy dosa, served with delicately curried potatoes, peppercorns, capsicum and chunks of fresh coconut. It was a game-changer, people.

We’ve been invited to a local shopkeeper’s home for Diwali celebrations tonight (!) and then we’re braving the public bus system first thing Saturday morning and traveling eight hours northwest to the city of Chandigarh, where P. will take the dreaded GMAT. I feel a little guilty about this, but while he’s sweating out the test I’ll be on a self-guided architecture tour of Le Corbusier's famous International Style concrete behemoths by way of government-issued bicycle. India's just full of surprises like that. I’ll be back in the middle of next week with LOTS of pictures. Obviously.

Have a good weekend, and Happy Diwali to all!

17 comments:

  1. how cool to be in india for the festival of lights! ...and those desserts look amazing!

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  2. You should really be a travel blogger or something! Your pictures are fabulous as are your descriptions of life wherever you go. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  3. Shubh Diwali! It's a national holiday and a big deal at home here too. I'll be thinking of you as we celebrate tonight. :)

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  4. That looks magical! Happy Diwali! xoxo

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  5. DOSAS! GOVERNMENT ISSUED BICYCLES! CORBU!'

    india really really makes your photos shine, lady.

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  6. That fruit stand just about killed me. What a beauty!

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  7. an exciting week ahead for you and a feast for the eyes for me! Ii die for the veg stall.) shukriyah?

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  8. Ooh how I'd love to be in India at this time of year...one day! Happy Diwali!!

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  9. Nice blog! I like your photos. I'm doing practice GMAT here: gmatonlinetest.com . I hope it's useful for GMAT test takers.

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  10. This post has made me very hungry and I really wish it only took 5 minutes to whip me up some samosas. Too bad there's no Indian street vendor in Rhode Island on my street this time of night...

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  11. Hello! I had a look on your painting part today. I'm sorry to say that, at first I did not like it... and then, and started to wander, to be more interrested, and I could not stop discover tnem. It's so fresh! It' lik looking across somebody else eyes... I really like the animals too. Congratulation ;)

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  12. fantastic diwali shots. and that dosa is making my mouth water!

    I've been watching Michael Palin's Himalaya series and dreaming of India this week, so happy at least I got a little taste here...

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  13. jealous of your Le Corbu tour and jealous of that chutney & bread!

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  14. Happy Diwali! I love the meaning and spirit of the holiday. I took many many public bus rides during my time in India - unless roads have improved, I recommend closing your eyes.

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  15. These pictures are awesome, as usual. Look at that amazing fruit! Also, good luck to P. on the GMATs.

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  16. So glad I found you and your blog through your bff from h.s. - your photo's are seriously amazing and give us a lovely glimpse into the country.

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