Archive for January, 2011

Blanket fashion with some pork

January 26, 2011

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I am a little confused about Jainsem and Jain-kyrshah(pictures below). According to my little research based on asking around some local people..Jainsem is an attire which hangs loosely from the shoulders down to the ankles, and is not caught in at the waist..while Jain-kyrshah is a checkered cotton cloth knotted over one shoulder-sort of an improvised apron.

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While the checkered cloth tied around the lady’s(left below) head is called a Kyrshah, and is usually worn during harvesting.

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A few good examples(below) of wearing the traditional tartan patterned shawl Tapmohkhlieh. It is worn from the top, covering the head, fastened  behind  the  neck,  looping down to cover the upper part of the body, and then falling loose. Sometimes it’s folded in half which I’ve been told is not the right way to wear it. The short shawls with fringes are not Tapmokhlieh but just regular shawls, and the long ones are..umm..blankets?

Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland and Scottish kilts usually have tartan patterns, so do Tapmohkhliehs. 2nd reason why Shillong is called Scotland of the East. First is the English houses with chimneys…..

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Moving on once again: Blue City to Scotland of the East

January 20, 2011

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“In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.”
-Albert Camus

I spent the entire summer in Bombay and it was time to move. With intentions of going somewhere or anywhere I reached Jodhpur. Was there for a week until I got a call from Rida telling me about a place I could rent out in Shillong and so now I’m here. It’s been 10 days here and it’s amazing

Shillong is also known as Scotland of the East. It’s got a lot to do with plaids, English homes with chimneys &  fireplaces, and the lakes, and beautiful people.
Next up: Blanket fashion.

Jodhpur: conclusion

January 19, 2011

Women are mostly about floral and paisley prints like following some sort of custom. Men are mostly colorful only on their heads. I hung around in this Sardar Bazaar market because everyday the market sees new people. Other than the regular tourists, there is an influx of people from nearby villages and it’s packed on the weekends. It is close to the railway station. Most places near the railway stations in India have markets where they sell clothes+just about everything that a traveling person(or even a non-traveling person) might need. Considering all that I assume I pretty much got everyone from in and around Jodhpur..or maybe that’s a bit too ambitious.

In a market like this you find cheap goods even by the local standards. Here, the probability of finding international brands is extremely high. Either they are export rejects or a few seasons old stock but they look perfectly fine. Comme Des Garcons and YSL cardigans sell for 60Rupees on push carts parked around the clock tower.

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Bespectacled in Jodhpur

January 12, 2011

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Taches & turbans in the blue city

January 8, 2011

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…still in Jodhpur(blogphorically speaking), about 30 rupees away from the railway station in to the old city near the Meherangarh Fort. The other day they said a man was only looking down from the top of the fort and fell, broke his both arms and legs, but survived. So it goes. And I’d been reading Slaughterhouse Five.

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Photos are from around the shifting Clock Tower area in Sardar Bazaar where the Lonely Planet recommended Omelette man stands surrounded by sights, sounds, other omelette competitors, photographers, and occasional cows.

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The only person out of place in a turbantached scheme of things.

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“I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.”


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