Not your Stereotypical India - Pune, India
Guess who we met? Auntie Anita and Uncle Sanjay! Mom and dad's good friends from Regina, who moved to Pune only a few years ago. (Pune : Poo-né.) They have a ginormous house filled with delicious Indian food and i don't even know how they were able to keep their stock up with our family around. Please tell me, which traveler, who recently just experienced a natural Indian culture shock, would put down food and accommodation alongside friends? Certainly not me. But 'before i dive right into' this blog, Ed Sheeran's (get it?) album came out when we were here. So i had my earphones in my ears at least once every hour.
Note : Some of these photos may have captions so if you're on a touch-screen you literally just need to tap on the photo. The rest of the mouse population, just swipe over the photos. Thanks. Btw, this is the same text i put into my Kochi Blog.
We were in India during a Hindu festival called the HOLI FESTIVAL! But pause that thought for a moment. The same day, Auntie Anita's aunt and uncle were coming to Pune for a few days and we all visited the 2nd largest plateau in the world. Not the same day of course but in different occasions. Here are some of my photography for those memorable occasions.
Monkeys were also growing very common to our eyes.
This is Eann, the 1 year old child of Auntie Anita. Just smiling and chillin' with a can of jam ;)
After the plateau, we went to 3 different viewpoints...
Ever heard of a religious person who does not believe in any religion or god of any sort but is a religious leader herself? Love, peace equality? Something happened on the last hike, we saw some unexpecting police cars and crowds of people. Mom had poked in her head to see why people were crowding in around a piece of tree branch. In front of the tree branch, there was a lady wearing black sort of nodded as if "blessing" my mother when we poked her head in. It was very interesting.
We thought that we missed all the festivities since we went out in the afternoon. But 2 groups of nice people invited us to join them with getting messy in the colourful powder. And water. And smiles.
We met these beautifully spirited children who live just outside of Auntie Anita's house. Whenever they see us they yell "HELLO AUNTIE!" super joyfully. We asked Auntie Anita to translate to ask them what their ages were but they didn't know them or what that meant. Eli had outgrown his shoes so he kindly gave Vankertesh his runners. A boy living with his family.
So then i realized that these children have never been offered the chance to be educated. The parents work for money for the family. What do the children do all day? Sit around really. They want to help get money because that's what the parents were doing since they were babies. I guess they don't see how education can benefit you if it costs so much, and if they're unable to find other resources for their families.
I don't know. You can really never understand unless you've lived under those poorer conditions. But i can tell that they are incredibly happy and joyous kids. I hope the best for them and their families.
Here is a photo of when dad and Eli made an oven out of bricks and sticks. Allowing Vankertesh (that's the pronunciation but i don't know the correct spelling. Sorry bro. ) to join in on the fun. Meanwhile, i was upstairs trying to finish my Cambodian Blogs.
Why does Yarn have yarn on him? Oops, why does Yarn have fabric on himself? Well, we decided, because our stay was so long in Pune, why not make something for the adorable baby Eann? So we made an interactive baby book. I HELPED SEWED!
The day we left, we watched Beauty and the Beast in 3D together and excuse my super hijab but THE THEATER WAS FREEZING. In India, you don't think about what you're about to wear because it's just shorts, tank or t-shirt and hopefully your socks aren't stinky. So in the theater i was an ice cube wrapped in a Cambodian scarf. Even watching Rogue One in Phnom Pehn wasn't this cold.
Goodbye Auntie Anita, Uncle Sanjay and baby Eean! Goodbye Vankertesh, and family! Thanks for the safe house and beautiful company. Not what you'd think India would first appear in your head, but Pune has made it one of the highlights in our Indian tour.
Next blog is on Jaipur, The Pink City!