Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Happy Ganpati!

This week is Ganpati, the celebration of everyone's favorite elephant-god, Ganesha. I strongly encourage you to enter the heaven at this devotional website where you can light some candles for Ganesh and do a virtual pooja.

This is the week when millions of Mumbaikers will take enormous statues of Ganesh and immerse them into the sea. Some are nearly 40ft tall!

I don't have any videos of this YET, but I did put together a video from Krishna's Birthday Celebration 2 weeks ago.

The video also features my first motorcycle ride in Bombay, a truck that is filled with more people than live in most apartment buildings, and ... DEVOTIONAL GLITTER GRAPHICS!! I love glitter graphics on myspace, and who knew they would achieve sacred status? When I was living in the hotel Shubhangan, I used to love watching this devotional television channel, though it would come on only after midnight. Honestly beautiful, though definitely smile inducing to westerners.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Street Tattoo

Now if you really love heavy metal, what better way to show it than to get a tattoo? (Or a blood-bourne pathogen, for that matter...?)

There were tons of these tattoo ladies at the Bandra Street Fair (which is right outside my house, and involves tens of thousands of people). Their tattooing device was powered by a chain of 6 D-Cell batteries that had been taped together.

Then thousands of Hindus and Catholics ascend the steps to Mount Mary Cathedral where they say a prayer and burn a candle. They buy candles to burn in the shape of their prayer--everything from body parts, babies, rickshaws, and airplanes.

And this kid was selling bubbles for rs5, in the form of old film canisters filled with soap water with a wire twist as bubble wand.

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