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Wednesday, November 29, 2006,7:41 PM
PILGRIMAGE PERHAPS
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I am not sure what this is all about. Obviously this man has achieved something, found him in a railway station on the way to Jaisalmer Rajasthan. He was too eager and willing to pose. Perhaps he is going on a pilgrimage ?? friends have gathered to give him a grand send off. Have you seen a garland of money ? Its pretty common in North India.
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22 Comments:


  • 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    he looks very happy :)

     
  • 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    Hey,he might be going to get married as money garland I see is generally only when one is dulha(groom) ;-)
    Interesting capture though as not seen this on a station :-)

     
  • 9:06 PM, Blogger iamnasra

    People of India are very colorful...its amazing

     
  • 10:41 AM, Anonymous ruth

    Brilliant colors and faces. I love this photo. I remember weddings in Istanbul and folks would pin money on the bride. He looks too old to be a groom? :) Maybe you're right about pilgrimage. Glad you posted here again. I've missed your photographs, which are always such a gift.

    I hope your health is improving, and your refurbished home will be ready soon.

     
  • 2:52 AM, Blogger Don Iannone

    Rauf...Hello. Hope you are well. Brilliant picture!

     
  • 5:37 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Yes Kathy he is happy. He can use the money garland and throw away the flowers. I wanted to find out what it was all about but I saw the green flag and had to rush back to my train.

     
  • 5:39 AM, Blogger Rauf

    He looks too old for marriage Sangita, This is india anything is possible. There was band baaja too on the platform for him, couldn't take more pictures as my train was leaving.

     
  • 5:40 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Rajasthan is very colourful Nasra.
    Half of it is a desert. I'll post more pictures soon.

     
  • 5:44 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Ruth, Money plays a big part in Indian weddings too. There is a social evil called dowry. Unfortunately this evil exists among the most educated. Its a normal practice to give cash as a present to the bride or the groom.
    I have seen fights break out at the weddings over the issue of money.

    I am fine now, some emotional bruises, eyes are fine now. Thank you so much Ruth.

     
  • 5:44 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Thank you Don.

     
  • 5:51 PM, Blogger "Angeldust"

    Your photos tell so much dear Rauf, exquisite flowers, face paint...
    Would not mind a money collection around my neck either... on second thought, make that on a bed of flowers like his!

    BUT, have you noticed his eyes...?!
    W-O-W, what a wonderful, life/hope filled gaze.

    Love and joy to you

     
  • 8:21 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Hi Angeldust,
    the red on the face is called kumkum, a red powder. This man would rather sleep on a bed of money. The eyes say 'is this guy going to give me money too ?'
    I rushed back to my coach as the train started moving I did not give him any money

    lots of love and hugs Angeldust.

     
  • 2:30 PM, Blogger L.L. Barkat

    I believe I still have a garland of money somewhere... I had never seen one until traveling abroad... where my new relatives showered me with rose petals and money garlands. I wish I knew how to make one!

     
  • 4:42 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Welcome to the Blog Mr. Barkath. People here are more practical. The man in the picture is going somewhere. The money is useful to him in travel. When you go back to your country please spend the money in your garland on yourself. That has been given to you with love. In India most of the presents at a wedding are in the form of cash or things that are useful like a cooker crokery or a clock. Things have changed. People give lot of useless things as presents at a wedding.

     
  • 12:09 AM, Blogger "Angeldust"

    Hmmmmm!

    You were there... But, I leke his expression, particularly compared to the other men around him.


    kumkum is used for the dot on women's forehead too?

    Love and lots of hugs Rauf, dearest

     
  • 12:13 AM, Blogger "Angeldust"

    PS.:
    Twice I read today you are not well.
    What is ailing you my friend - if I may ask?

     
  • 1:13 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Dear Angeldust, yes terrific expression full of expectations. He is the hero of the occasion.

    Yes Kumkum is applied on the forehead too, married ladies apply it right on the partition of their hair, it is called 'Sindoor'
    Now things have changed. Kumkum is pretty messy, so stickers of different shapes colours and designs are available, they are called 'bindi'. In south India, yellow Sandalwood powder is aplied it is called 'Chandanam'

    Healthwise I am fine. But things are a bit painful for me. Not in the right frame of mind.
    Love and Hugs

     
  • 5:44 PM, Blogger "Angeldust"

    Hello my dear friend...

    I like you to feel free to share with me what pains you - what sets you in this "not right" frame of mind...
    Sensitive people like us have many "not right" frame of mind times - it is "too much" that we see and feel.

    You have such rich culture and traditions - even if not perfect. The dowry that is still offered “in trade” is most likely stemming from that deeply engrained belief “that girls are unwanted/undesired”; of course, it is only logical then the you “would pay someone” to “put up with her” – a losing proposition from the get go.
    But, there are horror stories like that everywhere… mostly people hide them!
    Look at he barbaric custom in some areas of the Arab world, of killing the women after “she has been raped” (or had extramarital situation) because “she” brought dishonor to the man/family?

    Sometimes people really cannot help was has been engrained in them for generations, no matter how absurd and/or damaging the consequences.

    You know, there IS such a thing as "experiences" past on at the genetic level. There are also “imprints at the cellular level” that we acquire as children that strongly affect who we are as adults, and some of those may take a lifetime (and the lifetime of the next generation) to overcome.
    Only constant awareness and education on the matter can change beliefs/automatic behaviors – if and when people chose to do so.
    It does take focus and work – generally (sadly) most people are not willing to invest the time.

    ~ * ~

    On a more mundane level, at this point, here in the lower mainland, we can get those sticky bindis. everywhere... even non-Indian girls wear them as a statement
    I like to word "Chandanam" – musical

    Extra Love and Hugs for you Rauf today

     
  • 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    Hmmmm
    When you say "thank you" - you must actually mean - this exchange is over...
    Not thank you as an expression of gratitude.
    That is "very English" or, is it an polite way to retreat?

    Interesting...
    Two days later, Saturday January 6, 2007 12:10PM PST

    Be well my friend

     
  • 4:43 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Dear Amgeldust, I am running around the city with friends who have come from Malaysia. They have come for shopping and for pilgrimage. I have to be with them all the time, otherwise they'll get cheated. Indians who live in India are crazy about Japanese things, or other imported stuff, but Indians who live abroad are crazy about Indian things. They take Half of the city with them

    Thank you ? What thank you ? I am very informal even with strangers. I don't indulge in formalities.
    'Very pleased to meet you Sir'
    I say I don't like you please stay away from me. I don't even smile.
    Normally, with one look I like the person, come, stay with me. Have tea. Lunch is ready, have lunch and go. I don't 'formally' invite people,
    I don't mind people asking personal questions, I always answer them.
    I'll write in detail Angeldust.

    love and hugs

     
  • 12:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    I think some communication wires perhaps "got crossed" for a bit dear Rauf...

    Thanks for clarifying you are not prone to formalities... :)

    All is well.
    The comment section is back (although showing time, no date), having provided an interesting "intermission".
    See, there IS a reason for everything. Fascinating.

    Hope you are keeping well and enjoying the company of friends

    Love, joy and laughter to you and yours

     
  • 3:30 AM, Blogger just thoughts

    finally got to see your blog. i saw the other one.. your Taj pics, i am seeing only now, think I have seen the others earlier. Oh After seeing your pic.s, I can remember the immediate feeling when you see The Taj first. It really hits you, even after the umpteen pictures you have seen all the time.
    Wow blogsite
    Meghana... the lawyer(just in case you didnt recognise)

     

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