Girls dancing Garbha.
By 17:30 I was in (sort of!) Ahmedabad... well some remote outskirt of it anyway. This place, somehow, was dirtier and dustier and maybe hotter than Rajasthan! Urggh... just wanted to get to my friend's place. I went to Ajay and Vijay's office by rickshaw, took long enough for the 20+ km ride.
Ajay was obviously thrilled that I got him the booze... poor dude hadn't had any in months, after all Ahmedabad city doesn't allow purchase/consumption of alcohol really. But that would have to wait. First on agenda was a sumptuous yummy Gujarati "thaali" dinner. Great stuff after quite a few days for me!
Also this was the second last of the nine days of the Navratri festival. Basically its an excuse for all the locals to go out every night in group, with family or friends and dance the night away, and especially an excuse for people to dress up in (sometimes garish gaudy) traditional dresses.
Me and friends in semi-traditional at the Garbha place.
So the guys arranged for some passes to get into one of the organized dance places. And thankfully they had one traditional kurta that I could borrow, coz you see people are quite anal sometimes about traditional dresses when you go to these Navratra "Garbha dance" nights. It was definitely interesting though, to see all the people decked up in their best and brightest attires, and some of them were great dancers too, while most of the others were just havin a good time dancing or socializing. After about an hour or so, of not really dancing much, we decided to head home for the night.
Ajay ofcourse wanted to sample the booze right away. So it was to be. After a couple of drinks on the terrace, and some good old movie off to snooze.20th October 2007
The next day wasn't much special.
One group performing Garbha - dressed up and equipped.
I took my time - waking up late. We had a heavy lunch and left for my friends' office. Went and got us tickets for a movie show that evening. Later in the afternoon, we went off to look/shop around in one of the biggest malls there. But the guys had to run back due to some issue at work. So after they tackled it, we ran straight to the movie, which already started just a few minutes before. Anyway didn't miss anything important from the start, and enjoyed the rest of "Bourne Ultimatum". Great action film!
So my train back home was about midnight, and there was time enough to grab a quick light lunch, before I bid adieu to Ajay, Vijay and their colleague. Took a rickshaw to station and reached well in time to comfortably park my rear in the right berth.
-- Ashish Bhambhani