Sitting across from my financial planner I finally got it. (First let me allow that sentence to soak in. I am not in any way someone who would normally have a financial planner. I have nothing to plan with. He is, however a very nice fellow I met at a networking group five or so … More This Is No Vacation
In the middle of a crowded, littered, vibrant city sits a castle of stone. The Laxmi Palace is set way back on beautiful green acreage in Baroda, Gujarat. Most of the downstairs and the grounds were open to tourists but in some part of this palace people still live.
Fancy kite fliers.
There is skill involved in this kite festival. On this day people of all ages purchase inexpensive paper kites, lots of them, and at least one roll of kite string embedded with glass. You can’t feel the glass when you run your fingers along it, but when it’s in the air with the force of the … More Rooftop fliers
There is little to no wind on the day of the International Kite Festival. But that just doesn’t matter.
When we arrive in Baroda, Gujarat it is on the day of the Kite Festival. This is an annual event and a big deal in Gujarat marking the transition between seasons, symbolizing the end of winter. The religious belief is that on this day the gods awaken after six months and throw open the portals of heaven. It … More Kite Festival
Every morning at 6:30 in Baroda, Gujarat, India the Muslim prayers were broadcast over a PA system. I couldn’t tell if it was a recording or live. I believe it was live. They were beautiful. Being early in my trip I found myself awake long before the prayers and after the first day, anticipating them. If I walked out … More Prayers