Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Inner Islands for bore Well Mapping

I'm off tomorrow morning to the inner islands for more bore well mapping for an undetermined amount of time. I'll be out of email contact for the most part.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Ganesh Puja

These last few days have been Ganesh Puja (Worship of Ganesh). Many of the temples have been decked out for the occasion. The temple out side my window as been strung with bright lights, loud worship music blares from speakers most hours of the day and cows and calves wander around accepting food from temple goers.

Temple out side my window, Delanipur

Trucks complete with flashing lights, decorations and massive speakers strapped to the front roam around town. Large crowds dance in the streets in front of the trucks. In the back of each truck is a large statue of Ganesh (Depicted as a pink elephant) sitting amongst piles of sweets and flowers. Priests sit on the tailgates handing out prasad (food and sweets that have been blessed by the Ganesh). At one time I saw 8 of these trucks slowly make their way up the road in a row each stopping at the temple and each playing different music.


Dancers in front of a truck, blaring worship music and transporting Ganesh.


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Video of Dancers in front of a Ganesh puja truck.


A little story,

So I finished dinner early and as I was walking home I decided to take the rout that would take me by the Ganesh Puja (Festival were Ganesh is worshiped) that was going on. As I was getting closer someone recognized me and told me to join him. I started asking questions about Ganesh Puja so he said, "Chalo (come lets go)". We walked around the side of a tent that had been set up in the middle of the road which housed a stage. This was the Cultural Event portion of the 4 day Puja or so said the glittery banner. This night was a dance competition complete with strobe light, and groups of young men doing choreographed dance moves to the latest Bollywood hits. From the other side of the crowd a bunch of young guys who I had talked to before were motioning me to sit on the wall with them. I didn't really want to make a huge scene of the only white guy climbing onto a wall in full view of everyone, (and a fantastic view of the stage). But they insisted and so in the end I obliged. In the process of climbing up I'm sure all eyes were on me, but I got a sense that my presence was accepted if not appreciated. But as soon as the next group was on stage everyones undivided attention was off me and onto the dancers again. I stayed for about an hour and left as they were planning (I think) to get me on stage. As I was leaving I passed the temple that has been erected to house the large Ganesh statue.


Friday, September 5, 2008

Even more random pics


A house I found esthetically pleasing, South Andaman

Marina Park from the jetty at dusk, Port Blair


Dan and Mr. Jamal at Wandoor Beach

Dab (Green coconut), Wandoor Beach

Sacred tree, Wandoor

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Some more pics

The Bazar with lots of people out for the Independence Day sales,
Port Blair, Aberdeen Bazar, Independence Day-Aug 15


Nuzo, the newest staff member,
Port Blair, Marina Park


A ship's forecastle,
Port Blair, Marina Park


Marina Park Jetty, Port Blair


Temple, South Andaman

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Picknic

The other day the instead of eating at the mess we ate out, but first we headed to Gandhi Park and roamed about, which included having some chi-vi (tea and snacks) and renting paddle boats.

The guys from the mess in the paddle boat, Prabu, Ashish Raja, and myself.


The Ladies from the mess, Divya, Grace, Bhakya.


Dinner out on the town, Prabu, Ashish, Raja, Dan, Bhakya and Divya.

Crowding into an Auto rickshaw on the way back, Ashish, Raja, Dan, Prabu.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Borewell Survey

Here are a few pics I've taken while traveling all over over South Andaman to collect GPS points and data on borewells. (Read the last post if you want to know why)

Mr.Jamal showing me a borewell.

There is the potential that there might be a pressure head and the watter will continually pour out of the ground like this borewell, but usually you have to pump it out.

Anand, his clipboard and the bikes.


At least we have a good driver.

Collecting data

But sometimes you just have to have a cup of tea on the beach.

Or a cup of tea at a dukan (shop)