India Travels – March 16, 2012

Jatipura Joined today by Ned and Lynn from NY. A chill siesta day until later afternoon. We had prasad together, then did a little kirtan/song swap (which I recorded) in the wake of Ned showing Niku a few basic things on harmonium fingering. Then we did the eve’s walkabout parikrama down to the Govind Kund…

India Travel – March 8, 2012

Phew—finally recovering from a dreadful bout of the “welcome back to India G-I tract of doom” meltdown. Thank God for allopathic drugs. It’s sundown in Delhi on the day of Holi, the spring color festival—actually, a good day to be hunkered down inside away from the “freed from the fetters of decorum” crowds. The only…

More Holi Photos, Jaipur

Jaipur, 7:30 a.m.  I leave in minutes to Jodhpur.   Here are a few more shots from Holi yesterday in Jaipur, caption-free because I’m almost out the door to catch darshan at Sri Govind Devji temple before hitting the big road.

Dreams & Textiles

Jaipur 5:35 a.m.  Awoke suddenly a few moments ago from a stark and all too realistic feeling nightmare: I was traveling far from home (though not here in India) and I’d been temporarily abducted at gunpoint, along with several others, and forced inside a house to a back room where I was forced to kneel face…

Happy Holi!

Jaipur OK, today begins Holi, the spring festival of color. Beautiful when organic and soulful, boundary-busting and edgy unto dangerous when frolicked in as an excuse for alcohol and violent carousing, this festival goes way back to the time of Lord Krishna and beyond. I’ve tasted Holi while flying low over the festival fires burning…

A Few Holi Photos

Holi in Jaipur, 9 p.m.  Well, this afternoon I finally took Rob down to the Govind Devji temple complex; we missed darshan but we did catch a little arti at a small temple nearby, and wandered around the outskirts a little bit and soaked up a bit of early Holi energy. Not tons of colors, but…

It Begins

10:40 p.m. Finally got to bed at dawn, vainly trying to adjust my biorhythms to a suddenly polar cycle, so it was early afternoon before I really got myself down to banjara alley. I clambered up on the platform and sat amidst the piles of old textiles, diving on in. It’s increasingly clear that the…

A Week in Radhe Radhe Land

A few scattered thoughts looking back on a week spent in Vrindavan, the sacred land of Lord Krishna’s youthful exploits. We are now back in Delhi, at the Abracadabra Guest House complete with A/C, half-decent electricity (supplemented by our new maha Voltage Stabilizer and power strip!), finishing up work and regrouping for departure soon for…