Saturday, March 25, 2006

Junda Mela

Yesterday I went to a huge fair. The place was packed with vendors selling everything from sunglasses to achaar, badminton raquets and juicers. There were hawkers, similar to the "As Seen on TV" folks, dealing specially crafted choppers and "never needs a sharpen" knives. You could get your photo taken next to a cardboard cutout of the famous bollywood actor, Amitabh Bacchan or the herione and former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai. Or for ten rupees you could win a two litre bottle of Pepsi or Thums Up, but only, if you could successfully knock down ten metal glasses with three tennis balls.

Everybody under the sun was there, a cross section of India. There were big families and small ones. Hindus and Muslims and Sikhs. There were beggars and thieves, pickpockets and prophets. Police in army green paraded around, leaning on their lathis. One thousand civilans to every police wallah. Transvestites and eunuchs and old men confused, regarded one another with suspecting intrigue.

I spent most of the day hanging out with the huge extended family that runs the rides, the magic shows and motqua quowa (dardevils that ride motorcycles and cars around a huge ring, parallel to the ground).

The photos are a cross section of this family and their friends.

From the ferris wheel that they erect, to the transvestite that is a magnet for all to stare at, to the man who sells snacks of roasted chana, and the announcer and the girl who sits next to him, "Come One Come All Don't Miss The Show!!".

From the ticket checker and the caged ticket seller. Even the young man who was my guide, sitting before the start of the show, his girlfriend in the back, on stage, dancing and teasing the male viewers until the magic show begins...

Love to all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

young big ben! it's been nice seeing you, and reading your blog.

it's me your Indian friend -Sanjay -the one you met at REI. remember? we had launch together at
mrs. Chuteny's lovely home.

i wish you all the very best for your sponsored program in India.

looking forward to seeing you soon.

with tones of Indian love and admiration


Tilak Road,

11:02 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

uggs outlet, oakley sunglasses, uggs on sale, louis vuitton outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet online, chanel handbags, longchamp outlet, jordan shoes, michael kors outlet online, longchamp outlet, kate spade outlet, nike free, nike air max, replica watches, christian louboutin, louis vuitton, uggs outlet, polo outlet, nike outlet, burberry handbags, christian louboutin shoes, christian louboutin outlet, prada handbags, burberry outlet, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton, ugg boots, louis vuitton outlet, longchamp outlet, christian louboutin uk, tiffany and co, ray ban sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses wholesale, oakley sunglasses, tiffany jewelry, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, prada outlet, michael kors outlet online, ugg boots, replica watches, gucci handbags, ray ban sunglasses, nike air max, cheap oakley sunglasses

7:54 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

sac hermes, replica handbags, lululemon canada, true religion jeans, coach purses, nike air max uk, air max, michael kors pas cher, guess pas cher, true religion outlet, converse pas cher, abercrombie and fitch uk, nike tn, true religion outlet, polo lacoste, north face uk, kate spade, new balance, ray ban pas cher, nike free run, nike air max uk, coach outlet, michael kors, michael kors outlet, vans pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, nike roshe, north face, jordan pas cher, mulberry uk, burberry pas cher, sac longchamp pas cher, hollister uk, nike free uk, hollister pas cher, ray ban uk, hogan outlet, nike air force, ralph lauren uk, michael kors, nike roshe run uk, louboutin pas cher, coach outlet store online, nike air max, oakley pas cher, polo ralph lauren, timberland pas cher, longchamp pas cher, nike blazer pas cher, true religion outlet

7:56 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

giuseppe zanotti outlet, timberland boots, north face outlet, hollister, baseball bats, p90x workout, reebok outlet, herve leger, ralph lauren, nfl jerseys, mont blanc pens, lululemon, soccer shoes, bottega veneta, nike trainers uk, iphone 6 cases, longchamp uk, iphone 6 plus cases, iphone 6s plus cases, ghd hair, instyler, iphone cases, mcm handbags, vans outlet, iphone 6s cases, nike air max, babyliss, north face outlet, iphone 5s cases, s6 case, oakley, valentino shoes, ferragamo shoes, nike huaraches, louboutin, new balance shoes, celine handbags, jimmy choo outlet, soccer jerseys, chi flat iron, asics running shoes, hermes belt, mac cosmetics, wedding dresses, hollister clothing, abercrombie and fitch, ipad cases, nike roshe run, insanity workout, beats by dre

7:59 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

juicy couture outlet, ugg pas cher, moncler, coach outlet, pandora jewelry, converse, pandora jewelry, pandora uk, swarovski crystal, hollister, moncler outlet, canada goose, doudoune moncler, ugg uk, toms shoes, canada goose uk, louis vuitton, canada goose outlet, moncler, louis vuitton, swarovski, karen millen uk, supra shoes, gucci, louis vuitton, thomas sabo, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, canada goose outlet, canada goose, wedding dresses, barbour uk, juicy couture outlet, moncler outlet, nike air max, canada goose outlet, links of london, replica watches, pandora charms, barbour, lancel, marc jacobs, hollister, canada goose jackets, ugg, vans, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, ray ban, montre pas cher, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, canada goose, converse outlet, moncler

8:02 AM  
Blogger Image Editing Services said...

I really enjoyed your blog Thanks for sharing such an informative post.
Shadow creation services

4:58 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home