Working It

Saturday night 10 p.m. A focused day of exploring a second network of furniture , smalls and architectural pieces, then regrouping to sift through and refine yesterday’s sprawling collection of almost 100 pieces: benches, cabinets, temples, funky little vintage wooden Japanese noisemakers (?), Ganga-Yamuna ritual water pots, small stone archways and insets, ceramic candle holders,…

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…

Happy Hunting

11:14 p.m. Today is my father Edward’s birthday—#79. Just spoke with him by phone a bit ago, wishing him well in Concord New Hampshire during his morning and my evening of the same day.

Back to Rajasthan

Jaipur, Rajasthan, 8:18 p.m.  Finally, dear Delhi departed—huzzah! Not a moment too soon, I swear. I hopped a pre-dawn ride with my friend Raju’s driver Mukesh, who was returning to Jaipur at 6 a.m.—worth waking up early to grab that easy flow. Groggy as I was, it felt great to enter incredible and evocative Rajasthan again,…