Monday, July 10, 2006

Trip to Jodhpur

I had been to Jodhpur recently.. for a friend's marriage. It was a very nice experience!
Visiting a new area, meeting new people, and facing a different climate..
It was just a 3 day trip , but it gave me new eyes, a different view - of myself , of others, of what I have been knowing and doing.

The toughest part of the trip was explaining my country's traditions to foreigners.. I realised that we being brought up in India, have known things implicitly.. Like an Arranged marriages, wearing turbans, etc. But they are puzzled!. Its amazing for an American girl to understand how can any Indian girl get married to an absolute stranger and go with him only becoz her elders, her parents have chosen the guy for her. It was difficult for theAmericans to understand, why some rituals are auspicious..Lighting a fire and going round it in Marriage seemed to be a source of pollution to them .

It made me think, do we Indians know why we do it? Do we ask questions and find that these rituals have meanings and significance of their own or we just blindly follow them? IF its blind faith , its superstition, but yes .. if I understand it , it isnt!

Snaps for the trip in two links..
One with the purpose of visit and all people involved http://www.esnips.com/web/HemendrasMarriageinJodhpur
and the other with the Places we watched in Jodhpur
http://www.esnips.com/web/JodhpurPalaceandFort

Theres lot more to be written about the trip and people met.. Some other time !

5 comments:

ganeshnu said...

Americans tell us that its important to "know" your partner well before marriage. And in America divorce rate is 56%, even though everyone ensures they "know" each other very well before marriage.

Varsha said...
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Varsha said...

Nice fotos Aparna!

And its important to know the significance of our rituals...and they do have a lot if you go into the depth of it...

And I personally feel....however much you try to "know" your partner....you would never really know them till you actually start living together...

Keep writing....waiting for the further episodes of your Jodhpur trip

simi said...

humm customs values do play a role 2day also....and kitna India develop ko jaye...these wont change..and shud not...

Life 24*7 said...

Oh my god !! This reminds of the lunch time talks in Patni canteen around the time that you were to go for the Jodhpur function !!