Thursday, 13 March 2014

To Udaipur

As far as Indian journeys go, this one was quite leisurely.  Only three hours driving time and on roads that are not plagued with mad lorry drivers.  Plenty of time to stop, just to look plus, of course, the necessary cup of chai.

the back window of our car   it seems to have a passion for collecting labels
last November the police 'borrowed' it for the election campaign, so it was
sporting an 'Official Election Car' sticker and the necessary red light on roof
this time we have a sticker from the film company, Car No 031, this caused
quite a lot of excitement when we stopped.   I just had to wear my dark
glasses, travelling incognito, don't you know. 
I wonder if the collection will have multiplied by our return in October

this is a typical rural scene in Rajasthan.  It's a water well.  The two
two cows walk round and round drawing the water which is pumped
on to the fields.  Note the lady sitting on a little seat,  encouraging
the cows to keep on going, and the man, just checking!

So, we stopped here and there, and eventually to stretch
our legs and have a cup of refreshing chai.   You might gather that I
love chai, which is strange as I do not drink tea at home!

A bus pulled up for a rest break,  hmm, chai and nibbles time for the passengers.

what to eat?  

 a little rest in the fresh air

and then it is time to get back on the bus

only another hour to go for us, and we are back in Udaipur for three days


Debbie said...

I am reading a fascinating book about indian textiles, 'Balotra the complex language of print' where they talk about ghaggra skirts. In your photos there are two women wearing these and wearing the same pattern as in the book.
Its great to a real live photo of women still wearing the same traditional patterns that have been going for hundreds of years.
I am going to try and make one some time, I like long skirts but they use upward of ten metres of fabric.

Tiggy Rawling said...

I have the book, and after a little research found the actual block printers in Balotra. See blog posts 11/4/13 and 12/4/13. The ladies resting at the chai stall are indeed wearing ghaggra skirts, although these are not made from Balotra fabric. Quite often the fabric used is, can you believe it, polyester. Strange but true!