Sunday, June 03, 2012

Here I Go Again - Namaste, Y'All - June 3, 2012

June 16th, I board an Alaska Airlines flight and, after a two hour layover in Seattle, one
of my favorite U.S. cities, I board a Korean Airlines flight bound for India.  After less
than three hours at Seoul Incheon Airport, I'll be in the friendly skies again, touching
down at Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on the 19th at 1:25 AM.
This time, finances permitting, I hope to stay six months.  I still haven't found a room
to rent in Mumbai so I am exploring other options.  My dear blogging buddy in Bangalore
has offered me a room at his lovely home - where I definitely want to visit again - but I
am hoping to find something a little further north since the majority of my many Indian
friends are in the Mumbai - Pune area.  

Of course, I also want to return to Jaipur and stay at that lovely Umaid Mahal Hotel
which I wrote about in a previous blog.  It's my brief escape into fantasy and I can
pretend I am an Indian princess, waiting for my painted elephant to arrive to take me
off to meet my handsome maharajah.  Reality returns when my dear taxi driver, Lala,
arrives downstairs and the front desk calls.  He was such a blessing during my last
Jaipur stay, spending hours driving me to forts and palaces and markets and restaurants.
It's no wonder we became good friends and have stayed in touch!

I've already been to see "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" ( for the Elderly and Beautiful ) -
and I will see it again on Tuesday.  If you haven't seen it, you must.  Here's the
description from the website:

A group of British retirees decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and 
seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel 
and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its 
former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever 
transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when 
you let go of the past

I've always loved Judi Dench and Maggie Smith and they are terrific in this movie.  

My favorite line from the movie was said often by Dev Patel, the star of "Slumdog" - 
"Everything will be all right at the end...if it's not all right, then it's not yet the end."

It always amazes me at how many different ways the English language is spoken.  I
really seldom say "y'all" anymore unless I've just returned from a visit to my Georgia
homeland.  I remember once, on a cruise with a number of British passengers, that an
elderly lady excused herself from the table saying she had to go and "spend a penny".
I looked at the others and asked, "Where on this ship can she get anything for a penny"?
Apparently, that was a polite way for excusing oneself to use the washroom back in the
day in the United Kingdom.  

I still have dozens of pictures from my last India trip that I haven't posted.  Here are
just a few from that wonderful city of Jaipur.

I just love these colorful umbrellas...but I didn't buy one.  With temperatures above 105 in 
some places, I just might need one to keep the sun off!  Now that I've had surgery for a 
basal cell carcinoma on my nose, I need all the protection I can get.

What do you think about these purple shutters?  Everyone airs their clean laundry in
public all over the world, it seems. 

Vendors are everywhere on the streets and the piles of "garbage" are eaten by the cows
and other creatures. 

The old town is incredibly beautiful with all its art work and arch ways.

It seems like everything gets hauled on motorcycles, bicycles, camel carts, elephants,
or on people's heads!!!

This was some sort of procession....I'm not sure what, though.

A wedding horse....I loved seeing them all decorated...that and the painted 

I'm not sure if this man was selling chai which you could buy all over from little roadside

Many cities have helmet laws.  Jaipur was one of the more compliant places.  I saw
more people there where both passengers used helmets.  Sometimes, though, in some
areas, you'd see whole familes...a husband, wife, and two toddlers and a baby, all on
a motorcycle, none with any protective headgear at all.

Always, there is such beautiful architecture, domes, arches.  I never grew tired of it.

Even before I get all my pictures from my last visit posted, I'll be starting on my next
collections.  I need to get out my Odomos cream and make sure I have fans with
me.  I know it will be REALLY hot this time...and rainy, something I didn't have
to contend with before.  I am sure the mosquitoes have missed me!  

Stayed tuned and......

P.S. No cows, Shiju!


  1. Welcome to India!
    Hopefully we meet this time!

  2. Wishing you another wonderful and safe trip! Enjoy your time in India..

  3. Thank you for this beautiful visual diary, filled with the most magnificent colors!

  4. Fantastic photos and caption. Bravo!

  5. Can't say that I am jealous, since I am not ready for India! But you are going back again, it must have been a great experience for you the first time. Did you meet a new "friend" or something? Smiles. Have a wonderful trip, be well, and I am holding you to a lunch when you get back!

  6. Fantastic photos. They are very eye openning.

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  7. Have a wonderful trip! I look forward to seeing the pics and reading more.

  8. How wonderful for you that you are able to return to India so soon! I know you will have a wonderful time.

    I just saw the Marigold Hotel this week and thought of you before it was even over. Your favorite line was mine also.

    I'll be checking in on you from time to time!

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