Back to the crocodiles. This is a big one on the bank in the sun. The river is heavily polluted with sewage which seems to suit them. Where’s his santa suit?
You’ll be seeing more of this guy. I interviewed him last week. He’s one of the band members who fills out the ranks, shaking a metal rattle and mugging. Full of life. He’s been a band man for 20 years. Before that he pedalled a bicycle delivery rickshaw.
I thought I heard Marco Polo say… He was here, in Khombhat, formerly Combay, formerly the main port on the gulf of Combay, silted in now. You can see the water from hilltops, but the port is gone. Beautiful old buildings preserved by centuries of poor economy. When the water goes. There’s a house here I’ve thought about at least monthly for the past four years. When it was built, you could see the bay from the balconies.
Made the India Times today, front page of every paper distributed in Gujarat. The article: http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=VE9JQS8yMDEzLzExLzAzI0FyMDAxMDM=&Mode=HTML&Locale=english-skin-custom Phoebe Little took the photo in Padra Gujarat.
Donkey with spots-We came upon this free range donkey, dressed up for Diwali, on our morning walk. He was grazing in a small village attached to a temple zone across the river from us.
It’s true. He can’t play the instrument beyond low powered fart sounds. And appropriately, he’s not in focus. Probably looks like that on the street walking around. Still, he’s the non-player filling out the ranks of the of the wedding band, and he’s at least a functional part of the spectacle, if not important to the sound. Great hair.
We’ve been taking auto rickshaws to parts of town we aren’t familiar with, paying the driver, and walking. Lee and I went to old Baroda using this method, and walked. Passing through some blocks with temporary police stations (tents and portables) we heard music and went towards it. We found an early season wedding. The groom rode a horse, and was covered from head to toe with flowers, totally obscuring his face. I pulled this image from a video shot a half block away.