Friday, November 12, 2010


This is my first chance to post since arrival, and it will be two days before I get another internet connection, so it will be a long post.

Since arriving in India I have seen two baboons, several monkeys, two wild peacocks, horses, camels, sacred cows, water buffalo, mynah birds, Indian chipmunks,

wild parrots, a funeral procession, a (different) funeral pyre, a religious parade,

one person pooping by the side of the road, numerous men peeing on walls, rubies, emeralds, gold embroidered saris,

birds feeding on a dead dog, a traveling puppet show,

finely detailed sandalwood carving, marble inlaid with gemstones in intricate patterns,

bicycle-powered rickshaw taxis, natural-gas-powered minicabs,

trucks painted in cheerful patterns,

rapacious salesmen, trickles of foul water seeping from under piles of garbage, incense burned on the fruit vendor stands to keep the bugs away, hovels, straw huts, shacks, houses, walled cities,

palatial hotels

and ruined palaces.

And the Taj Mahal.

I am traveling with a pack of Brits, and we all agree that we are GOBSMACKED.

Tomorrow we leave Jaipur for the Pushkar Camel Fair in the Thar Desert.

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