Journeys start from desires that inspire. India was calling for us to return and we had a third companion travelling with us.
Colette had visiting a desert village in May, north of Jaisalmer, she travelled with a new found friend to visit a village remote in location, yet connected in community. Rich in spirit, limited in resources, she bought food and gifts for the children. A desire was rising in her heart and one her friends in the UK engaged with and were inspired to be involved with.
No just those who wished us well. Everyone who helped lift, carry and place the 24 kilo suitcase, from London Heathrow, via Delhi, Jodphur, Ahmedabad and Jaisalmer. Particularly the man in Ahmedabad.
After not just helping us identify the right platform, he personally sweated his way up flights of stairs, dragging and carrying the case. An angel who came to the rescue. The big purple case finally made it into the hands of a porter for the third change in platform, and after paying the fee he said, ‘my son is in Houston and receives help, it is my pleasure to help you’.
So, what is in the case....all will be revealed the day it finds its final destination.
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.