It's Happy Snap time!
Our Thanksgiving Day was a memorable one. I'm way over here on the other side of the world. (Are you tired of me reminding you of that yet? I'm beginning to wonder what I'll write about once I'm home.) Since we are way over on the other side of the world in this wonderful place called India, we get to be 12.5 hours ahead of you people at home. In The States. While you are busy moaning and groaning over the incessant gluttony of your Turkey Day, we're so over it. We've graduated to Black Friday.
This is my happiest Black Friday ever. They don't imprison themselves with that hateful tradition way over here on the other side of the world. Thank the Lord, Ala and Buddha! All of 'em.
Before we left, I was bragging to my home-cheese running buddies that on Thanksgiving, I'll be having Curry Something-or-Other way over on the other side of the world. Yes, bragging. You can image my disappointment, however, when the hotel produced this sign:
We just can't get away from Thanksgiving. Even way over here on the other side of the world. The hotel staff was pressuring us to make a reservation. They wanted us at their Thanksgiving buffet. They didn't realize, however, that we purposely booked this trip way over on the other side of the world so as to avoid Thanksgiving.
For Thanksgiving, the boys on Spouse's team took us to a place called Chokhi Dhani. It was honestly the most fun I've had in decades. That fun.
This Chokhi Dhani place is an ethnic village with activities that specialize in the Rajasthani tradition. Its origins are Hindu. Kind of like a Hindi Carni way over here on the other side of the world.
First, you stop at the Hindi Krishna Temple to pay respects. Krishna is one of many Gods in the Hindu religion.
Then you have the third eye attached. The third eye is the area between your brows and is also called the Eye of Wisdom. The idea is to keep this third eye closed, or cool. The Hindus believe that the third eye can be opened by anger and the opening of that third eye will lead to destruction. The red dot placed between the brows is a constant reminder to stay cool. Even way over here on the other side of the world.
Then you bang the gong with an extremely heavy mallet thing. The villages used to have a designated gong banger who would mark the hour with the number of gongs.
Then you ride a camel. They have camels way over here on the other side of the world. Did you know that?
Then you watch the traditional fire-pot-on-the-head dance. And they invite you to join.
One of the dancers drinks kerosene and spits fire.
Then you sit on steps and have a group photo.
Then you watch a puppet show complete with cobra puppet.
Then you juggle.
Then you shoot pellet guns at balloons.
Then you have your palms read by guru who knows many things about pasts and futures. (With an interpreter of course who already knows a truck load of info about you. Interpreter, however, claims it was all legit.)
Then you have dinner! You take off your shoes, enter the building and sit on a rug behind a short square table. They bring a round plate with many spices and butters. They also bring small bowls. Then happy servers bring the food around to you. This food was so good! And vegetarian! And so fun! This was my favorite activity of the trip (thus far.) P.S. If you're a vegetarian or "vedge" as the locals call it, India is the spot for you.