Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tour Bus Safari

Dehli was a bit of an overwhelming whirlwind. It took me some time to figure out my feelings, but ultimately, I felt a bit like we were on safari, observing the locals from the bus, snapping our cameras at the poverty and conditions.

The traffic was really congested for the bus to easily maneuver, so it very much felt like we spent a lot of time ON THE BUS with quick stops at Old Dehli (with a kinda fun bicycle rickshaw ride), the Ghandi memorial, mosques, shrines, temples, forts.

The animals were a distrubing site for me. The dogs and cows, living on their own by eating garbage, slowly starving to death was very sad for me. Of course, the multitude of deformed people were also strikingly sad. I am a bit surprised that people, animals, trees, can live in the kind of pollution Dehli has.

The symbols all over northern India—lotus, om, swasticka (actually an ancient Hindu symbol of life and strenght, commandeered by the Nazis) , and the bell, particularly adorned the temples. At the Birla Temple, I learned about Lord Ganeesha, the god of luck. He rides a mouse, and we take away that we should never let those beneath us feel our weight. Nice.

I enjoyed my brief time at a Sikh temple, and I took the opportunity to sit with the faithful as they prayed, and I contemplated life as I listened to the music, my eyes roaming about the temple.


Aman Chaudhary said...

It's like you're having your own Eat, Pray, Love adventure! :)

Tim Fish said...

I didn't see it or read it...is it about India?

Aman Chaudhary said...

Yes. I haven't read the book, but I saw the movie. (I've heard the book is better.) The basic premise is that she feels stuck in her life and goes to Italy where she eats, India where she gets in touch with her spiritual side ad also finds closure around a past relationship, and then she goes to Bali where she meets someone and falls in love. People say the book is quite a bit better than the movie.