December 17th, 2007

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Scene at a scrap iron shop...

On our way back from Galibore, this young woman caught my eye...

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She has, I think, all her worldly possessions strapped on and hung from her head....and what the picture doesn't show is that she also had an infant in her arms. This was a shop selling scrap iron, and since we had stopped there, I was able to look on for a while. I was also given an object lesson in the inaccuracy of assumptions...

At first sight, the people looked very poor...until the in the shop (striped shirt)whipped out a calculator and started doing some work on it...and then, as I watched, another man gave this lady back a folding umbrella that she had obviously brought in for repair. Together they tested the way the umbrella opened and closed. Then I also realized that the lady had footwear on, and that made her, immediately, much better off than many others. I loved the stylish headgar the man on the right has made of his towel..he looks like a pasha of Baghdad.

A fascinating slice of life that I watched for a couple of minutes..!
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Galibore and Kanakapura Road

Let me start with a nice picture of a RIVER TERN on the Kaveri...


river tern on kaveri galibore 161207


We took our huntin' friend to Galibore to check out the angling, rather than take him to Bheemeshwari. We hadn't seen the JLR property there, and the last few kilometers would be through the scrub jungle of the Kaveri valley. Unfortunately, I don't think, overall, he was very happy with the trip. He is petrified of eating anything outside, having been warned by eveeryone...and definitely not open to new experiences the way some of our other American visitors have been. He really starved through the day!

I think it's a basic difference between tourists and business visitors; the first lot are here by choice, so they are willing to experiment with food and travel. But the business visitors are here for work, and they may not be keen on new experiences.

But KM and I managed to have a really lovely day. The Kanakapura Road is still really picturesque, and the Kaveri valley very beautiful....

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A mostly enjoyable day, with the exception of the snake, and the way we felt when we tried to go to Koodala Sangama, and were repulsed by the crowds and the amount of trash strewn everywhere...
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Another all-purpose warning...

I had posted about this lovely all-purpose commandment some time ago...


http://deponti.livejournal.com/216148.html


Yesterday, on the hill road leading to Galibore, I found another GW (General Warning):



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I can just imagine a carload of visitors seeing this and falling silent, as each one of them starts worrying about the sins committed...the driver, for example, fretting about running that last red light, the little boy in the back seat about that chocolate he took from his classmate...

Wonder why this was put up, it wasn't one of the religious evangelical things, because it was part of a series of stone-engraved signs about hairpin bends and other road conditions.