A SPLASH OF ROUGE

The featured image is from An Enchanting Spiritual Carnival held in Pushkar.

The  musical festival SACRED was unveiled for the first time during the Camel Fair .

Photographs that follow are faces in red  from different walks of Life in the city of Pushkar.

The lady  in the red veil is making Chapatis ( Indian Bread) over a traditional coal fired Chullah ( oven).

Red Viel
Revealed or Under a Veil

Animals and flora  are woven seamlessly into the day to day life at Pushkar . The faces are red without the application of  Rouge.

rhesus macaque

The Rhesus Macaque Monkey sits on the Ghats of Pushkar

A  bedecked dancer has her ( or maybe his)  makeup checked up by a colleague.

Here many splashes of Rouge create the Red Face.

All Red
All Red

Our guide and escort during the Heritage walk ( part of THE SACRED festival at Pushkar) is caught Red faced by the camera.

The shop in the background is selling the famous and delicious Kachoris ( a salty stuffed snack)  of Rajasthan.

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Natural Rouge

As I have mentioned in the blogs preceding this, Pushkar does not permit you to put down your Camera even for a second.

If you do so, an exciting moment would have passed undocumented.

 

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EAST OR WEST ,SADHUS AT THEIR BEST

Sadhus are both fascinating  and Intriguing.

Sharing a few pictures of Sadhus.

The Angry Priest from the Eastern part of  India is smoking a Bidi  ( an Indian cigarette rolled in a tobacco leaf) and reading a Bengali Newspaper.

Angry ?

Somewhat Angry ?

He is busy making Samosas ( a delicious friend snack ) and the signage on the left reads Chaha  (  Tea in Marathi) ..

The toys and the umbrella in the frame make it an interesting picture.

Chaiwala Sadhu
                                                                           Chaiwala Sadhu and his makeshift Tea Stall 

A somber sadhu at the Kumbh at Nashik in Western India.

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                                                                         The world behind him

Were you fascinated as well?

THE REMNANTS OF BLUE GOLD

Ramparts and old buildings have a curious way of telling stories.

The NEEL KOTHI is the  symbol of the worst of a Cruel Colonial past. It represents Monopolies , Imperialism and Brutality at it’s worst.

Neel is Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria)  , also called BLUE GOLD.

The cultivation of Indigo in Colonial India ( 1777  till 1947)  is an example of  greed, cruelty and horror. It is also the cause of a Genocide unparalleled in Human History.

The Indigo  crop was forcefully grown on the  rich fertile Gangetic plains  of  India by INDIGO PLANTERS from Scotland and England .

By 1810 , 95% of Indigo imported in GREAT BRITAIN came from India. Indigo was  then called BLUE GOLD  and was an extremely valuable and sought after commodity in Europe.

The land was left fallow, where not a blade of grass could grow after Indigo was cultivated on it. Consequently  the peasants starved to death for lack of food.

An Englishmen .W.L. Tower then stated and I quote:

 “not a chest of Indigo reached England without being stained with human blood”.

Fallow Lands
The Indigo Plant ensured no food could be cultivated

Remnants of the NEEL KOTHI, Neel is Indigo in Hindi,in Greater Noida. Kothi is Home or House.

Indigo was an IMPERIAL crop forced upon poor peasants of India by their COLONIAL masters.

Reminder of the past
Reminder of the past

The Neel Kothi (   Neel kuthi in Bengali) was once Home to  Raw Indigo buying,  processing and packaging.

The Purchasing of Plantation Land Act in 1833 ensured vast land holdings came under INDIGO cultivation.

It was also home to atrocities unleashed upon thousands of peasants who were forced to work in  Indigo farms.

Millions starved to death  in the infamous Bengal famine of 1896-97.

overgrown with vegetation
overgrown with vegetation

Indigo farms  were virtually wiped out from Bengal after the INDIGO  REBELLION in 1859. It then spread its vicious seeds to Bihar and other parts of Northern India.

Irrigation bungalow
Irrigation bungalow

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became Mahatma Gandhi as a result of the successful non violent movement called  INDIGO SATYAGRAHA  or CHAMPARAN SATYAGRAHA ( 1917) .

Tears well up in my eyes as I write this tale of a horrific past narrated by THE NEEL KOTHI.

THE GODS WEAR GREEN

The splendour of colours in India contributes significantly  to making it Incredible.

As Green is closest to my heart, all that I see turns Green.

Pictures were taken in and around  Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

The background is green as well.

Green Hanuman

Hanumanji

The apartments in the background dwarf the Green Church.

Millions travel to Tirupati ( abode of Lord Venkateshwar) but how many have even noticed this lovely Church ?

Please  translate what is written in Telugu? Mr. Google is not helping.

A Green Church
                                                                                      A Green Church

Spotted on the way to the airport at Tirupati .

Nandiji   takes shelter under a tree.

Green Temple
                                                                               Green Temple

I hope the message of GREEN is loud and clear.