Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Navratri Number Three For Me - September 25, 2014 -

This is my third Navratri in India and, each year, I learn
something new about this nine day Hindu festival, honoring the Mother Goddess, Durga.  Today, I read that, for each of the nine days, the Goddess is draped in a different colored sari and her devotees wear specific colors.  

Last year, I wrote, at length, about Navratri, on my blog.  I don't think I could improve on that so I am giving you the link, in case you didn't read it or would like to read it again.

I still have not made it to Gujarat for Navratri, a goal I set for myself two years ago.  If I get back to India next year, as soon as I arrive, I am going to make reservations to spend, at least, two days of the weekendof Navratri in Boroda so I can see the garba and dandia dances, with the men and women in their beautiful costumes.  I have yet to visit Ahmedabad and it is only an hour's flight from Mumbai where I usually stay.

There is still so much I want to see and do in India but, as I celebrate my 70th birthday October 3rd, I wonder just how much time I have left to accomplish all that remains on my extensive bucket left.  If there is a "next life," I hope that list will accompany me!

If you all haven't heard it on the news, this amazing country just put a spacecraft in orbit around Mars for the unbelievable cost of $74 million dollars, about a tenth of what it cost the 
U. S. to accomplish the same thing.  Congratulations to all involved in the Indian space program.

Thanks to bing images, domain free, for the photos used

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The rickety bicycle rickshaw,
Slowly makes its way,
Down the Jaipur street,
On a sweltering summer day.

The weary driver will certainly,
Have to take a rest,
AFTER a day spent hauling,
Many a harried guest.

Carmen Henesy

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

The Saturday Photo Hunt - Gray - September 7, 2014

While it is already Sunday here in India, it still before midnight in San Francisco so
I will hurriedly add my "gray" post for this meme.  Mumbai rains certainly make for
gray skies which are so appropriate for this post.  Sometimes I can barely see out
my window across the Arabian Sea to the tall buildings on the other side!!!

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Eddie and the Box - September 5, 2014

"Don't look at me that way!"
He seems to say to me.
A discarded cardboard box is just,
The perfect place I like to be!

I've room to give myself a bath,
And to keep intruders far away,
I can even hone and sharpen claws,
And nap comfortably throughout the day.

Carmen Henesy

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