INDIA is in the middle of
it is the festival of LIGHTS.
nowhere does it as well as jaipur, ( so i am told)
this is the reason we have endured weeks of power cuts.
all for 3, overwhelming, sight of LIGHTS.
TONIGHT (22nd), is the first official night.
as i sit here, and type, i can hear, crackers, sky rockets and fireworks going off.
the other things, that are going off is the
oh! the howling, and barking.
i think tonight, i will find my ear plugs.
it really is a sight.
i remember, last DIWALI, going up the roof top, and simply in aure of the sights.
it went on for hours.
also, people light up their homes. with thousands of little fairy lights.
there is a DOWNSIDE to all of this, and that is the POLLUTION,
that is evident in the morning,
up till now, there has been clear blue skies during the day.
tomorrow, guaranteed, that sky will be like fog.
people are warned, if they suffer breathing problems to stay inside.
there is a move, across india, to reduce the amount of fireworks, for the pollution problems.
yesterday, i decided to take my camera, and walk in one of the bazar's.
i chose JAHARI BAZAR,
because last year, i walked TROPOLI BAZAR.
i left home about 10.00 am.
got an auto, to the bazar.
tried so, hard to avoid conversations with the shop keepers.
i do find the same old questions, very tiring.
'WHERE YOU FROM MADAM'
'CAN I SHOW YOU ONE THING'
' I HAVE SHAWLS & PASHMINERS'
'DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH, MADAM'
a lot of the time, i pretend, i don't speak english.
it has taken time, to ignore the shop keepers, and keep walking.
it does SEEM RUDE.
i am getting better.
the day was soo hot.
sweat was trickling down the back.
i stoped for lunch in L.M.B.
and also a LASSI.
i was out on that CROWDED, PACKED, bazar till 4.00 pm.
DUMPED the camera,
the men's barber shop.
selling WATER CHESTNUTS.
fireworks & crackers
the BEAUTIFUL actress, advertising crackers.
brass, small oil burners.
a little general store.
pulling a heavy load.
the shopkeepers, filtered water supply.
this lady, selling clay pot, oil burners.
these are snacks, to be deep fried.
little girl, selling stickers.
close up of the stickers, for windows and the floor.
these boys, asked for their photo to be taken.
even the downpipes, gets decorated.
garlands of marigolds.
a jewellery shop, decorated.
wonder why this theme was chosen?
machine used for sewing canvas, carry bags.
this shop front, smelt heavenly.
another shop front.
this young boy, was up in the rafters, getting stock.
ready to be squeezed, for juice.
i don't know if this tray of OLD SPECTACLES, was a deposit or pick up point?
at the flower market.
sugar shapes for offerings.