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Thailand September 2005

Chang mai trek, hanging out by campfire, with Gabriella, Nuzrat and Swiss friend!

Mukesh on chang mai trek, rice paddies - eek check for leeches!

Buddha statue at temple near chang mai.

Weekend in Mumbai....

Fresh fruit cart on street in Santa Cruz, Mumbai suburb. Fresh pineapple being cut.

view from the back seat of a autorickshaw - don't touch the meter!

Women empowerment government campaign seen on many rickshaws around town.

Durg Puja, Bengali celebration part of Navariti.

Navariti festivities in the office

Garba - dancing in conference room at PSI! celebration of Navariti

Aarti in her traditional dress!

a day in the office

Saree ladies, rupali, michelle, me and shushima

Me & Kavita

PSI crew after Navariti puja day of birthdays dancing and farewells.

Friday, October 07, 2005

dahi handi, pot of curd (yogurt) signifying what lord krishna used to be fond of and eat. Now groups will build human pyramids and climb to reach the pot, break with their head (or a cocunut if they are woosy) and celebrate. Money is often inside the pots also and professional groups build pyramids 8 and 9 stories high to reach and break the pot and keep the money!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Ultimate Frisbee in Mumbai!!

Wow! very impressive, Day 1 of frisbee in Bombay and
we played in the rain.

I was pretty bummed when I arrived at the park and it
was misting, there was high grass and trash everywhere
and cricket ruled the fields.  I did not see a lot of
hope in us playing.  But once Ada arrived and we
walked out on the fields we (we means four of us) found a decent patch of
free land to throw the disc.

Indian cricketers, mainly kids were very curious about these round plastic items and the foriegners throwing them around. We had a cheering section - "no don't throw that way, throw this way" and cheers of "yeah!!!", "good throw" on completions or difficult catches. plenty of ohhhss and ahhhs.

and we even taught some of them to play.  There were some
natural frisbee throwers out there!  We even managed
to have a game of three on three 'hotbox', the new
local players were diving into the mud to catch the
frisbee and quickly grasped the strategy.

Was a fun time! even during the 10 minute down pour.

So this Sunday we are attempting it again....there is hope for frisbee in Bombay yet!

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Holidays and Festivals in India

sunday, october 2nd was gandhi's birthday. October 4th was
the start of a festival, dasera, or navarathri here in
the south of india.  it is 10 days, the first three
honoring Durga (overcoming negatiave tendencies or
jealousy, greed and passion or vasanas inherent in
humans) then the goddess Lakshimi signifies the
establishment of possitive tendencies, afection,
charity and forgiveness etc. and the last three days
are to Saraswati and signifies gaining supreme
knowledge of the self.

next diwali starts, festival of lights and end of
Hindu year.  it has become commercialized though it is
an "auspicious" time to buy things.  very convenient to
businesses! there are lots of advertising now.  like christmas in the US.

that is something that I think is sad about India, the
aspiration for western lifestyle and its associated
consumerism : (

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Singapore Ultimate

Too many pictures for the blog, but here is a link to where I dumped a bunch of pics

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Thailand/Singapore trip pics

Mexican food in Bangkok, I had been craving
some authentic mex food for 6 months in India!

Singapore ART museum

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Chang Mai Trek - September 2005
Mukesh's Baptizing