Bridget Jaune's diary

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lundi 31 mars 2008

India House

Last post on India, after two fascinating, not always restful, months traveling into the North. A lot of colors, various strong smells, rickshaws and horns, noise, touts, curry and masala, met on my way... for better or for worse. At the end of the day, I had a pleasant time and had left the country my heart closed to the new friends made there... Namaste India! Accomodation Delhi       Vivek hotel, Namaskar Hotel (recommanded) 480Rs for a 3 beds room Amritsar       the Golden... [Lire la suite]
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samedi 29 mars 2008

Family pics - India 2008

Frederik - Moana - Patrick - Nisha - Vinod - Pintu -  Shambhu - Nati - Manu - Evelien- Koen
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jeudi 27 mars 2008

Tout un cinema...

Who knows me, knows that i am not a big movies fan... I'd rather stay home reading a good book (or alternatively go for a beer...) than paying 8 euros for a crap blockbuster. Twice a year maximum, mainly due to peer pressure, I would accept to enter a cinema. But that's a max. Yet, abroad, it figures as a sociologic experiment. In Jaipur, Rajasthan, going to the theater is a must-do. It is like entering Disneyland since it is designed as a kitsch creamy cake circle. A thick carpet softens your steps and the reclining chairs are a... [Lire la suite]
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mercredi 19 mars 2008

Homo Erectus

Kajuharo, Utta Pradesh. Les avis a son sujet divergent. Et dix verges, c est bien connu, c est enorme. On dit de cet endroit que c'est architouristique. On raconte que les indiens ici sont particulieres tenaces et desagreables, a vouloir a tout prix vous vendre cartes postales, kama sutra et babioles en tout genre. Enfin, on dit aussi que les temples n'en valent pas le detour. Et bien, il m'a fallu etre comme Thomas et voir pour croire... et infirmer tous ces dires. Les touristes, on les evite en parcourant le site a 6h du... [Lire la suite]
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lundi 17 mars 2008

Laisser de marbre

Once upon a time, an emperor, desperate by the death of his beloved wife decided to build up a big white marble monument in her memory. It stands today as one of the most famous symbol of India, the Taj Mahal. Later on, he planned to build up a black Taj as well, but got put in jail by his own son in the fort of Agra before he could achieve his black dream. His last request was to get a room, however small or spartiat it would be but having at least a window from where he could admire the Taj. The Taj Mahal sums up an Indian world... [Lire la suite]
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vendredi 14 mars 2008

Holy days

Vanarasi or Benares. A city name full of meanings and dreams. The holy city where the Ganges encompasses both life and death. From the 80 ghats, Indians people take their bath, pray, burn their dead relatives, do their laundry, swim, play cricket, etc. I am not a very religious person but the feeling you get from this holy place is unique. Once you'd got through the tenacity of touts and autorickshaws hassles, Varanasi unveils its magnificience to you. Yes there is a lot of tourists but you easily forget them when spending 2 hours on... [Lire la suite]
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dimanche 9 mars 2008

Road Trippin'

Petit silence radio pendant une semaine sur le blog... benh quoi? On se prend les vacances qu'on peut en vacances...! ;) Aux nouvelles, decouverte de Bundi (coup de coeur), un havre de paix, loin du circuit touristique, ou les "Namaste" veulent vraiment dire bonjour (et non pas "Bonjour, viens donc dans mon magasin acheter de l'eau/coca/cigarettes/biscuits/chocolats..."), avec son magnifique fort abandonne et envahi par les singes, surplombant la ville, bleue elle aussi, comme a Jodhpur. Un excellent moment... [Lire la suite]
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samedi 1 mars 2008

Bride and Prejudice

Perhaps I should give a try to arranged marriages... It seems to work*. Yet, it is true that the second day of the wedding, during the second function, where the groom finally met the bride, no look had been given, no smile, they remain as marble stones. Yet, the 4th day, they seemed much more relaxed, and even smiled to one another (which is usually not the case, when the groom is on his white horse - another tradition- during the parade, he generally looks very angry, or perhaps it is due to the thoughts flashing in his mind... [Lire la suite]
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vendredi 29 février 2008

La femme a barbe et l'homme invisible

Although I'd missed the election of Mister Moustache of the Desert in Jasailmer... I found instead much better: Madame Moustache of Jodhpur 2008. No comment. (Et sans trucage). Et l'homme invisible, c'est moi. Il fut une epoque ou en Birmanie, je n'arretais pas apparemment de me faire mater (c'est Jacques et Jerome qui me l'ont fait remarquer), par les hommes comme par les femmes. Correspondant peut etre aux canons de beaute local, les "lade" (= belle, jolie en birman) ont serieusement flatte mon ego (ce qui n'est pas... [Lire la suite]
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mardi 26 février 2008

Preliminaire nuptial

First day of the wedding, the daughters of the family are praying Ganesh to protect the union. To the groom is associated the first son-born of his sister. Since only children are pure, his nephew will be considered as for the rest of the wedding as the reincarnation of the God Ganesh on earth. Each rite operated on the groom has to be done first on the little baby. If the baby was not aware of what was going on, the groom seemed to be very bored...
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