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Cows Ear – A Short Time in Gokarna.

Gokarna in Karnataka, just over the  border with Goa, first Hindu outpost reachable from South Goa in one easy stage by the spectacular Konkan Railway, a winding line through a thousand kilometres of the Western Ghats, tunnel after tunnel & in between, spectacular views of the coastal regions, travelling down South.

Gokarna Railway Station NoticeIt’s worth clicking on this remarkable wall notice, glued with tape to the peeling pink paint of Gokarna Station Hall, reminiscent of a South Indian temple design, secularised for the Transport Devata, whoever he may be. One feels he must be a God as a female deity would have run things better!

Only in India could a railway notice contain exhortatory quotations from (in order), Mahatma Gandhi, the Atharva Veda, Oprah Winfrey, Quintillian, Kant, Thoreau, the Lord Buddha & Ruskin.

Let me bow in respect to the anonymous railway official who composed this poster & let me now add the penguins of the Gokarna Road Railway Station into the mix. Continue reading ‘Cows Ear – A Short Time in Gokarna.’

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The Friendliness of Orchha.

“A fable is a story, often about animals, that points out some aspect of human behaviour and often has a moral attached to it.”

Some children of Ganj mohalla (a village near Orchha) perform an old fable, “The Tiger, The Brahmin & the Jackal” in the courtyard of a village house.

This was organised by Asha D’ Souza (founder of Friends of Orchha) & Erika Trikon (a long-stay visitor). None of the children had performed in a play before, a great experience for them.

Until this generation, few of the boys & none of the girls ever went to school; the village was functionally illiterate & although many of the children now go to school, part of the reason for staging the play was to improve their literacy.

None of the kids had ever performed before, but they took to it like ducks to water & although often protesting & not paying attention, after practise they became competent & even inspired; loving the dressing-up, they also particularly enjoyed wearing the animal masks.

Update May 27th 2013: I received the sad news that Anu (Neetu’s Mother) died tragically last December; this is a bad blow & very sad; I remember her as the still strong centre of that family, the family home where the play above was performed.

Here is a photo of Anu, Chotu & Vishal & may she rest in peace!

Anu, Chotu & Vishal

I really hope the family can carry on & that the wonderful home-stays will continue!

Maya School, Ganj.In other sad news, the Maya school has closed, apparently due to financial problems that should not have been problems!

Many of the Ganj children went there; it is (was) a free school, providing transport to & from the school, uniforms & materials as well as teaching & a full lunch!

Maya School morning meeting.

 

Founded by Eeva Schultz for the children of the locality who were not able to go to school. I thought it was an excellent little school & I sincerely hope it can somehow be restarted.

LINKS:

Fable Audience a small album of the children going to ‘the play’!

Orchha Photo Albums three albums, including the 700+ photos of the village people & places by Erika Tricon; a terrific record of  three months in a year of village life.

Friends of Orchha where you go to book a home-stay in Orchha.

Video Page another presentation of the video with additional information on the fable with English & Hindi translations & links.

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