Tuesday, July 03, 2007

More Pictures From India

The four star Best Western in Mumbai. Not so much.A temple in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay.
Me taking off in one of the ubiquitous pedicabs of Mumbai. They don't tell you that this is the best thrill ride you'll ever experience in your life. And you will discover your devotion to God in the process. p.s. neither of the men in the pedicab spoke English. That was fun.A Mercedes enters the frame of this picture against the backdrop of some living quarters of the poor. The biggest slum in the world is located just outside of Mumbai and houses over a million people. The population of India is 1.2 billion.
Okay, I HAD to go into this temple. You check your shoes with the man behind the counter.
Another temple. India is predominantly Hindu and Hindus believe in the caste system, which is why the lower classes remain oppressed.

The poor sell their produce on Juhu beach and live in those shacks.

The view from my hospital room of the Arabian Sea, which leads to the Indian Ocean. Having stepped into the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and had my toes frozen solid, it was amazing to find such a warm body of water. Ever seen an American hospital with a view like that? Of course not, we build condos on that kind of property.

Amaste.
(which does not mean end of chat)

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:22 AM

    In Hawaii, for years, until the 80s, the Kaiser Hospital was in Waikiki, next to the Ilikai and Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotels. Literally, you would recouperate looking out at the ocean with a wonderful sunset. (And remember, they are an HMO! Gasp!) Naturally, it was torn down and is now the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The hospital is now in Moanalua, an hour or so away...of course...no view. I think India was a good choice. I would have done the same (and I've been to India).
    Aloha,
    Martha Jane

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  2. ok wait- why were you in an Indian Hospital of all things? did the warmth of the ocean make you go into shock or something?

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  3. suz-Did you have free AOL ?

    I heard about the caste system somewhere. They be fighting for jobs like crazy. Like killing, like.

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  4. Love the photos. I just got back from Madras and totally fell in love with it, the dirt and chaos and all. I even miss all the beeping horns!

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