i am one of them
i mean i am there in the crowd
no, no i am not in the pikcha
bikkus i am taking the pikcha
how can i be in the pikcha when i am taking the pikcha ?
That is not all of dem, its just part of the crowd
massive it was, MASSIVE
WHAT is he trying to do ? climbing on his friend's head ?you can see him here, the blue shirt.
oh i forgot to tell you.
This is a festival
i can see that ! you say, you are smiling , such a massive crowd gathered, so many elephants too, decorated. This has to be a festival.
what this is all about ?
i don't know
i don't know whats going on
This always happens to me. i am there in a crowd and i don't even know what is happening.
This festival is called Thrissur Pooram. Mid April every year.
Please google 'Thrissur Pooram' and check, or my readers from Kerala will tell you in comments.
You don't know how lazy i can get. Any way i am not talking about the festival, just pictures.
Pooram is the festival, Thrissur is name of a town in Kerala, South India. Clean beautiful town, Old name Trichur.
And what do we have here ?
Such a nice chap, presenting this festival to the world....... live
the thing on the mic says Jai Hind TV,
never heard of it.
Nice boy isn't he ? doing a goood job
very sweet, so sweet that i'd like to eat him
eating them raw is not civilised
TV anchor people taste better deep fried with chili garlic sause
Any way, here is a nice boy, presenting this festival live on his TV to the world
doing a good job, speaking in chaste, fluent poetic Malayalam,
things are going fine for him
out of nowhere
a dreadful looking hairy gorilla pops right up his face and starts clicking his pictures.
Just imagine the poor chap's shock
eyes go wide, his jaw dropped.........he forgot his lines
eee, aah ! intha, yantha, errrr, he dropped his mic in utter frustration
and i say Hello and show all of my two and a half teeth and smile
And this chap, even in a state of shock till the tip of his hair, still manages to smile
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE and says Hi
How nice ! How sweet ! ......... i decided not to eat him
He was not angry. He was looking over my shoulder.
hmmm... what ?
i turned my coconut and saw a couple of guys frantically waving their arms
owee ? are they drowning in the air ?
They were the camera crew
still waving their arms in frenzy,
drowning ?? trying to speak but they can't.
its like in your dream you want to shout and the voice doesn't come out
i turned my coconut back to our friend
i showed my stupid teeth again
poor chap was sort of confused.
he touched his head with his finger and pointed towards my coconut.
Your head ? My head ??
you mean my head ?
What my head ?
i turned my coconut back and forth, to the camera crew and our friend
am i ?
am i blocking your camera ?
like a damned fool i am still standing there
is my head blocking your camera ?
eee ahh..... athey ! (yes in Malayalam) very hesitant, confused and very polite.
oh, oh i am sorrry, oh ! oh ! i am sorrrry
then i realised the back of my coconut was splashed to the viewers
oh i am famous ? i should expect some fan mail then.
pleased with my performance, i showed my teeth to the camera.
i said byee
and the poor chap smiles and says byee
oh how sweet !
They didn't bash me up for interrupting their show.
i deserved some good hammering.
He was so polite, the entire crew was so exceedingly polite
oh dear ! what's wrong with me ?
i didn't eat him, here is the proof. Do you see him there ?
please see the arrow
there he is !
He was back on his job, after a bit of shock treatment
So i had to go and sit somewhere and think
why am i so dumb ?
When God was giving away intelligence and wisdom to humans, i was sitting in some tea shop in pouring rain, some remote part of Kerala, sitting on the road side, soaked to the bone, sipping kattan kaapee (black coffee)
oh how i love it, kattan chaaya too (black tea) some times.
i missed the boat.
i saw happy smart people on the wisdom boat.
What would i do with intelligence and wisdom anyway ??
one more kattan kaapee please !
i sat here with these people, oh here is the chap packing masala peanuts for me. i just sat on the road side munching masala peanuts and had a kattan kaapee, no hurry, i had all the time in the world. The elephants will not fly away. They have no wings.
i did not see any wings. How can they fly away ?
Had kattan kaapee in peace.
She is happy, safe place for tourists, believe me, half the crowd is cops and TV crew. Lots of side attractions, music, food, a variety of things on display
This was magical, The drums are called Chenda, please correct me.
i could see him smiling,
performing for me ?
i bowed in appreciation. Thank you i said after clicking the picture.
But i was disturbed by scenes i didn't want to see.
it was magical for me, perhaps not for the elephants, who are hundred times more sensitive than humans.
Remove the elephants, the glamour is gone, there is no festival. Chains are for safety, not good, but subjecting them to deafeaning noise, is torture. This has to stop. There is evolution in other religious practices. Most of the gory practices are fast disappearing, for instance, in this Theyyam puja picture this is supposed to be real blood, now coloured water is splashed on the diety. Hope parading of elephants with deafeaning noise would disappear soon.
Oh ! he is selling the posters of this festival. i left a bit early, i didn't wait for the fireworks, even worse torture for the elephants. had a train to catch.