Monday, October 31, 2005

Deepawali Beginnings

Today was the beginning of Depawalii – everyone celebrates it differently. The family we live with celebrates 4 days of it. Today is the beginning, and tomorrow is the main day of the holiday with fireworks and crackers going all night – VERY LOUD ;) Tomorrow they will decorate the ground (I’ll take pics) but today was just many lights and shopping and a few fireworks (all night). The green stuff that Shakshi is playing with is to decorate the floors with tomorrow. It's sawdust from cleaning the floors that has been dyed...

It looks like Christmas here – almost EVERY house has lights… it looks cool! There are tons of stores set up on the side of the roads that have statues of their gods in all shapes and sizes. Another thing that they do is to put candles around their house. Eleven is the lucky number. They put the candles around the doors and in the front of the house. They make the candles with cotton rolled into a wick and then they pour cooking oil into the little mini clay pots.

Our house is decorated really cool - tons of lights :)

Running in a Saree :)

The kids that live downstairs from us kept telling us about a performance they were going to have at school that was coming up…well, it was yesterday, and it started early in the morning, so we had to get up early and all cram in their car. Anyway, we get there and it was a whole school athletic meet. It was awesome!! They had all sorts of athletic events. Shakshi was in the dancing group. They did a dance – it was cool. Raj was in the PT group (kinda like PE) – they did stretching exercises together to the beat of a drum and the sound of the harmonium (a mini organ that is a lot like the accordion – you have to pump it – it’s crazy) :)

They had competitions after that. They had all sorts of races… it was funny. They would call people (usually grandparents – because they are very respected) out of the audience to hand out the awards for a group. For example – they had the 100 meter race and they called Mr. Singh, grandfather of Shapangi Singh to come forward and give out the honors for that race. Well, halfway through it, they say, Mr. Adam, who is sitting in the audience as a guest, please come forward to give out the honors for that race… it was funny :)

The best (and funniest) thing that happened was that they involved the parents!!! They had a father’s race – that was funny :) The best was the mother’s race… I though there wouldn’t be anyone in that race… the father’s race was only about 8 men…. So I thought the women would not race because they had all gotten dressed up for this event – they were almost all wearing sarees… I was wrong – they had so many women, they had to have two races :) They were pushing a shoving as they started off around the track and tried to get to the inside lane… It was great to see – they were booking it around this dirt track all dressed up in Sarees – It was awesome :)

Oh yeah, after that they had musical chairs for the grandparents – it was very competitive!!!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


This is a pic of Adam and the kids that we live with . They live downstairs. We play with them everyday from 3:00-5:00 :) On this day we were playing a game with Big Red gum... I don't know if you know it... In this game you put the gum in your mouth - then you lick the silver part of the wrapper and stick it to your forehead... and you see who can keep it there the longest... (the cinnamon makes it start to burn after a while) - Anyway, it was funny and they thought it was great :) Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 20, 2005

I love to take pictures of feet (I know, a little weird) but this was too fun to pass up :) Posted by Picasa


Today is a special holiday for women :) I got to dress up in my Saree for the first time. It was very hard to put on - I'm definitely not a professional yet :) Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

This is a picture of me wearing my Kurta Pajama. This is the type of outfit that I wear pretty much everyday. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Our monkey friends visit us frequently :) This monkey has a baby that is really funny. The baby likes to hang and climb on everything - especially wires and things like that - it's funny :) Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 07, 2005

Subzi Wallah

This is our favorite Veggie Man :) He comes by our house in the morning and late afternoon. He's cool.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Buffalo Milking!!

Adam and I went out to a village the other day with a friend. Adam got to milk a buffalo.

He wasn't very good at it though. He only got a few drops :) Oh well...

Fun Pics

We saw some fun things when we first arrived at the capital. This first picture is of a boy that was selling beards outside the red fort. I thought this was hilarious!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

OK, I"m going to attempt to post some pictures. This first picture is of our house. We live on the top floor. The family that owns the house lives on the bottom floor.

Here are the the kids that we live with - (L-R) Youb Raj, Puru & Shakshe

OK, here it is again :) Me and Shakshe.