Wednesday, May 11, 2011

So Long, Jaipur

{Leaving Home, or, Our Last Few Days in the Pink City}












It is always more difficult to Tie Up Loose Ends that one anticipates.

But somehow we managed. We moved out of our flat just as the summer cockroaches started moving in, we savored an epic, food-coma-inducing farewell dinner with our adorable Gujarati neighbors (hullo sweet curried potatoes with raisins, cashew paste and poppy seeds!) and I *finally* finished a purgatorial traditional miniature painting less than twelve hours before we boarded the bus for Delhi with all our belongings. And although there is always more to do, more to see, more to learn, we left the Pink City with nothing but wonder and graditute in our hearts.

So namashkaar, Jaipur. We learned to love you, and you loved us back in ways we never could have imagined.

29 comments:

  1. I love the painting! And I have been meaning to ask you what is your chai tea recipe? Thanks, love your blog and your art!!!

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  2. Wow- Time flies. I seems like you were just parking the Scamp and heading over there. Safe travels to the next adventure!

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  3. Nice tribute to what sounds like an interesting city. Wise/good timing to leave out before the cockroaches encroached.

    Those grey and yellow fabrics are gorgeous!

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  4. I've really enjoyed reading your posts about life in India. I was never interested in traveling there before, but you make it seem like such a fabulous place that I might have to visit one day.

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  5. a reader of my blog recently suggested your blog and i'm so glad she did! what a wonderful blog you have...and as someone new to india (i'm in delhi) i'm really enjoying your posts on life here....

    sadly for me it seems that you're now packing up - but i'll go through your archives with pleasure and look forward to your upcoming adventure.

    p.s. those fabrics are beautiful! learning more about fabric and the dyeing/printing process is something i'm really interested in doing while i'm here!

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  6. How impressive to whip out a mini painting just hours before leaving. (more impressive still are the lovely colors you used!)

    It is nice to leave a city still wanting more.

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  7. So sad that you're leaving! I could love at your photos of India forever...

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  8. look i meant (but still love)

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  9. Wow it's already time? As much as I've loved your posts from India, I can't wait to see what NYC brings you guys. Safe travels!

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  10. That fabric. Please tell me you are coming home with a suitcase full of Indian textiles.

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  11. farewell, I look forward to even more lush, brilliant photos on your next great adventure in grad school.

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  12. To this day I hear the cries of "Chai! Chai! Garam chai!" Luckily cardamom has made its way to these shores, as you will soon. Welcome home.

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  13. Love every photograph! Safe journey and arrival home!
    xoxo

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  14. Hi,
    I've been a silent reader of this blog. So sad to see you go, I've been enjoying your adventures from afar :)
    Have a safe journey! And I hope you'd still write here when you're back home.

    Cheers.

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  15. Charming. I've fallen in love with that Pink City of yours, from a far, through pictures and stories, and those textiles! On to the next adventures, dear ones. Safe travels, and God speed.

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  16. i will miss your post from India. But I know you'll be able to give your unique point of view wherever you'll go.

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  17. DOES THIS MEAN YOU ARE COMING HOME?! please say yes! i'm back on the blogland and miss and love you so! so proud of you for making india another magical lily world. the usa awaits you! xoxoox

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  18. oh...jaipur...
    when are you back home in the states?
    xoxnic

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  19. oh so sad and beautiful. i am shedding a tear as i write. sentimental for you.

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  20. I am catching up on my blog reading and living vicariously through your adventures. I missed this place. You inspire me. xo

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  21. what are those triangle print fabrics? did you make them? beautiful!

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  22. Thank you all for such lovely comments and well-wishes!

    H- chai recipe coming soon, promise!

    Breezy- so glad you've got a spark to explore India now!

    Kate/Nic- this is a little late, but yes, we're home now!

    What P'ed Me: xoxo

    Anon- yes, I made 'em! They're hand block printed vegetable-dyed textiles I've been experimenting with. More to come on those in the very near future!

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  23. i stopped my scrolling to keep the 2,3,4th photos together on the screen for awhile. so beautiful.

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  24. the fabrics!! i need to know more :)

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  25. I did the same thing as carissa! Those textiles you are working on are so so very beautiful. I love those dyed color combinations, and triangle pattern, is it batik?

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  26. another feather- thanks! same idea as batik, pretty much: we printed the yellow triangles, let them fix in the sun, then printed over them with a very fine mud called dabu, which protects the integrity of the yellow, then dyed the whole scarf in grey. then we boiled it, releasing the mud, and we were left with what you see (the negative space left by the dabu around the triangles is my favorite part).

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  27. Nice blog! love the colors and technique of your fabric . www.maddaforcella.blogspot.com thanks for sharing!

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