The Royal Indian Wedding!
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Welcome to Rajastan! I am now deep in north-west India about to spend a month in Rajastan. Jaipur is the first stop. I am actually starting to get a little edgy and even annoyed with the people here. It seems as though everyone wants something from me. I am also starting to feel dirty. Hmmm. Not good.
After taking an organized tour of Jaipur, I started to wonder why I came here. It seemed to be the first place where I might not feel that time was well spent. But...... then something magical happened:
Jason and I went to visit a friend of a friend who is a travel agent in Jaipur, India. After spending 2 hours with him, he asked what we were doing that night.
Sure enough, we had a chauffeur to drive us around and a stylist to take us shopping. I felt like I was in that NBC TV show "Queer Eye For the Straight Guy". After 3 hours of trying on dress clothes and constantly asking what was appropriate, I decided against traditional attire and the full suit.
Our chauffeur waited as I bought flowers and showered. The second he dropped us off, I was in awe. We went to the private residence of royalty. Even the kind and queen of Jaipur were there. I felt like I was in a movie. There were about 200 people socializing on the enormous lawn with a silver platter catered dinner party on the grounds of the villa. The host did not stop handing me drinks all night long. It was the first time I had alcohol since Turkey. He practically force-fed me whiskey and coke all night. The host flew the chefs in from Lucknow, India. They brought local Rajastani villagers to play traditional music and dance. Beautiful women in gold-laced sarees danced their choreographed pieces for us. It was a magical night. I truly felt like I was in a movie all night long. Everyone was eager and excited to meet and talk with the western guys. Quite naturally, I enjoyed the attention.
And so, Jaipur turned out to be something quite special!