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Dessehra Festival

Last night I had the honor attending the Dessehra Festival with my friend. I had been invited for dinner and we ended up stopping at the festival near her home and I got to watch the local actors on stage. Elaborate costumes and horrible acting. The actors were having a wonderful time and getting silly, then I found out the festival lasts 10 nights and the play each night is a different part of an epic story, unfolding over the course of 5 hours each night. The climax of last night was the burning and explosions of effigies of the bad guys. During the visit, Rashmi’s husband joined us and we ended up going to a vegetarian restaurant serving southern cuisine and met their neighbors. I was prepared for spicy food and wasn’t disappointed, however, the spicy was flavor, not just heat. After the first bite, it was perfect! I sampled a little bit of everything and can’t wait to try more.

 

After dinner we went to see if the festival had moved to the point of explosions and fire, but no.

That is not dust, but MOSQUITOS! Ugh! No wonder why I wear bug spray!
I have never seen crowds like this before. Rashmi best described it as a “sea of humanity” and it was no understatement. It seemed like people went on forever. And traffic, which I thought was horrible before ended up being even crazier. People driving on the expressway in the wrong direction, stopping on the expressway and just backing up. Dogs, children, people, cows all on the road. We actually passed a cart being pulled by an animal on the expressway. My driver should be paid so much more for just being able to get us from point A to point B without any casualties.

 

After watching people at the festival (I was the highlight for many locals). A man on a motorcycle and two passengers drove by me. He did a double take to look at me and damn near plowed into a parked car. Did you know when frightened that all grown men scream like little girls? I damn near pissed myself I was laughing so hard!

 

I miss my family, though I know it is just the psychological aspect of being so far away from everyone.

 

oldschoolbill says:
So do Western Men
Posted on: Jan 22, 2009
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