Second day in Pushkar
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Banana muesli and mint tea at the Blue Café for breakfast. Then a walk around the dried up lake. At one of the ghats a Brahmin takes my hand and puts some flowers in it, then leads me down to a water pool. We sit down and he puts some more flowers in my cupped hands and trickles clear water over it. I have to repeat his words: “Happy family, happy brother, happy life, good future, good health, shanti, shanti, ten dollar donation, happy brahmin, happy children, 100 dollar donation, good donation for poor people to buy rice, ...” Then he puts a red-yellow wristband around my wrist, before I throw the flowers into the water and the Brahmin rinses my hands with cold water. Then he wants money of course, he´s very businesslike, as if it was a Brahmin´s primary interest to collect money from tourists.
I walk across a bridge and then sit down at another ghat. A boy named Sanej starts talking to me and puts on my shoes, which are like boats for him. We talk about the school he goes to, about airplanes and about the world outside of Pushkar which he has never seen.
In the late afternoon I eat a massive masala dosa and drink cay in a restaurant opposite the Brahma Temple. Then I walk up the hill to the Savitri Temple. Children with turbans are playing instruments or just want money in general. Monkeys defend their tenure of the hill and growl in a guttural fashion if you get too close to them. At the top the view from the Savitri Temple is beautiful, the town of Pushkar warmly lit by the setting sun. By now I can sort of understand where the charms of Pushkar lie and why some people stay here for a long time or come back again and again. After all there is a certain lure about it, despite or maybe even with the main tourist street.