Travelling to different countries, absorbing different ways of being, can challenge our inner landscapes. Questions loom large as we search for meaning and belonging
At the Darbari Waldorf School we saw two kinds of cultures dancing together, formimg a new way of being
I haven’t met Jacques yet and what I have heard of him is that he is a very kind man. He inspires the children to be kind too. Parents have told him that if the children misbehave he can punish them by hitting, which seems a standard approach.
Something I witnessed myself.
Sitting in the drawing class an older boy was trying to distract me and others in the class. In getting my attention he hit my forehead forcefully. I smiled and encouraged him to start drawing instead. This was the first time I had felt the tribal way of being first hand. I have seen it many times, hitting, pushing, physical forms of dominance, pervading as a cultural
way of living, tribal in its roots.
I choose kindness instead. Lead by example for us all to come together as a conscience community. For positive change.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Prayers to Lakshmi are offered for prosperity. What an auspicious time to be in Jaisalmer
I celebrated it with friends, watching fireworks on a roof top, sharing food and listening to traditional songs. The song in the video, other than the Happy Diwali song sung by Ali, tells of the love of another far away, coming back to renew mutual love. Such a beautiful memory.
When you watch the videos remember, they are not organised displays like at home. They are individual fireworks, sometimes placed in plastic bottles, set off outside in the streets, from around 8pm all through the night.
Returning home in the safety of a tuk tuk as it was getting, quite frankly, a little risky with young lads thinking it funny to scare passers by. And if you ever wondered about the safety of sharing a ride on a bike here, their reflex skills must come from dodging bangers and firecrackers.
A journey to the desert to meet The Maestros.
We have been invited by Nawab to visit Sikander ‘s village to meet his family of musicians. The journey will take us 2 hours from Jodhpur into the desert.
After a weekend of musical delights at RIFF, we feel as if we’re going to the font, where the next generation are emerging from.
Nawab explained that our visit was to be unannounced otherwise they would take great efforts in preparing food and laying out the proverbial red carpet, so in order to reduce the pressure we arrive without prior warning.
We spend about 2 hours going from house to house, visiting each generation and finally meet the maestros who we saw at RIFF, gleefully showing us their official passes
And apart from video and a few phone shots, due to a technical hitch with SD card, I’ll be writing more when I’m home with more quality shots
One revelation has been how being so close, only a few feet away, how the musical vibrations reach further inside, we travel back with a deep sense of healing.