Sunday, September 25, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
The Kailash temple is larger than the Parthenon, and better preserved. It was cut out of a single rock starting from top to bottom (that was clever).
Standing within these stone walls takes you into another world. It is amazing what faith can inspire people to do...
The stone was covered with plaster which was painted in different colours, so the temple was a lot more colorful in its days of glory. Some of the plaster still remains in certain places, giving a glimpse of the grandeur that was...
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
There was construction work going on ahead of us. We saw that one of the workers was just unpacking his lunch. As we got closer, he said something to us (in Marathi) with a happy smile. I did not know enough Marathi to understand him. I found his warm smile unusual for he had not met us before. Marathi-knowing S replied to him. I asked S what it was about. S told me that he was inviting us to share his lunch. (S had replied that we had already had our lunch and thanked him for the invitation.)
S said that this is a custom followed when anyone comes by when you are having lunch.
I had heard of this custom but had never witnessed it before. That too between total strangers. It's nice to know such things still exist! :-)