Friday, November 24, 2006


Leo and I catch up over morning chai's on Assi ghat.


Somavati Amavasya

An Amavasya (new moon) that falls on Monday. On this occassion the pipal tree is worshipped, and women wrap thread around the tree in the morning.


Khayyal concert

Smt. Mangala Tiwari

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Saturday, November 11, 2006


Varanasi is also famous for it's body builders, and they work out in an Akhara - a kind if gym, where they wrestle in the sand, and use ancient body building devices!


Barbers and such


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ganges river dolphins

Just thought that I would draw your attention to the Ganges river dolphin. I have seen these beautiful fresh water dolphins swimming gently in River Ganga. They are an endangered species now, as their lives are threatened by industrial and urban pollution, shipping, and they are also hunted for their oil. Very often they get trapped in fishermen's nets too, and their habitats are encroached upon by the building of dams on this river, as they are a migratory lot.

About 4000 to 5000 of these stunning dolphins are alive. They are virtually blind, but use echolocation to feed off other fish. Much public awareness is needed to heed the frequencies of these sublime creatures.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

October End Note


Sending you the last of my October book, before you get to peek at my November chapter.

ta ta,

Halloween in Varanasi