Friday, October 14, 2005

Navratri in Baroda




Over the past week we have been in Vadodara (Baroda) spending Navratri at Sharvari’s masi’s (maternal aunt) house. For those of you who don’t know, Navratri is an important Hindu holiday. Gujaratis celebrate the events occurring in the Ramayan through prayers and traditional dancing for 9 days. For the past week, we leave the house by 9:30pm and fight through the traffic of a ton of scooters/motorcycles and cars all with everyone decked out ready to dance. So then, we spend the next few hours dancing in this huge massive open outdoor field with 8 – 10,000 people, dancing in large concentric circles to the beat of live Indian garba music. By the time we arrived home, we would be ravished and pig out and then crash hardcore. For many years now, Sharvari and I have wanted to experience Navratri in India and finally witnessed this important event. The garba (traditional dance) in Baroda is famous all over India. The crowds are mind blowing who dress up to the max to impress and show off their dancing skills and eye potential suitors. If you’re single, it’s a huge matchmaking and checking out scene. Since the conservative environment usually limits young females from going out at night except during this time of year, you can imagine the crowd. The events are so big that it is televised live throughout the night. We were given strict orders to seek out the camera so our family could see us on TV. As Tarak, who on average is a head taller than most Indian men, was an easy search target and was easily spotted by our relatives on screen. The other most visible people were those came dressed in crazy outfits…huge peacock hats, carrying decorated umbrellas, and even a horse costume.
With all the festivities being over, we take the night train to Mumbai followed by a flight to Bangalore to start our trip to the south with Sharvari’s parents. . Hopefully, history doesn’t repeat itself and we don't miss our connecting flight…

5 Comments:

At 7:00 AM, Blogger Patrick said...

You know, sometimes I wish we had huge dances like this in the states. But it's just not going to happen. Too much beer. Tarak,
the Astros beat the snot out of the cardinals last nigh 4-1. So the series is tied 1-1. Oswalt shut us down and Reggie injured himself. Looking forward to more pictures and stories!

 
At 6:31 AM, Blogger Patrick said...

Alright Tarak, the Astros are ahead three games to one against the cardinals. They won last night 2-1. Tonight is the last game in Houston and it starts at 7:30. Looks like they are going to the world series this year. Early congratulations.

 
At 5:28 AM, Blogger Patrick said...

I guess hold the phone on the world series. At least for two days. Last night Houston was ahead 4-2 in the ninth inning. When Pujols hit a three run home run off Brad Lidge with two outs. So the next game is at Busch Stadium Wed night. I'll keep you posted. Oh, and Texas won again. They're 6-0 and ranked second in the nation.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Chick Pea said...

awesome pictures of navaratri and all your travels...

ehem...

i think we might meet you (hopefully) in the rose bowl...

i'm a trojan :)

safe travels, and happy early diwali

fight on USC!

p.s. you missed watching an amazing game USC vs ND last wkend.. awesome times...

 
At 12:22 AM, Anonymous sharvani said...

sharvari masi i saw your photos and they were amazing..you are coming home we will meet then !!!!bye***

sharvani

 

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