Sunday, August 06, 2017

Raksha Bandhan, Badgers on Meth, Church, Selfies, Uber, and Shopping

Happy Raksha Bandhan!!!!!

Happy Raksha Bandhan everyone!

This is really a beautiful celebration of brothers and sisters - and something I wish that Kirsi and Aidan would take more to heart. This is the perfect example of how different religions can learn from one another.

Kirsi and Aidan are sweet kids but when they fight with each other they're like vicious badgers on meth.

According to Wikipedia:
Raksha Bandhan, or simply Rakhi is a Hindu festival, celebrated in many parts of the Indian subcontinent, notably India and Nepal.[2] Raksha bandhan means "bond of protection". It is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar month of Shravana, which typically falls in Gregorian calendar month of August.[3][4]The festival celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters.
 It is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister type of relationship between men and women who may or may not be biologically related. On Raksha Bandhan, a sister ties a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother's wrist with a prayer for his prosperity and happiness.[5][6] This symbolizes the sister's love. The brother gives her a token gift and a promise to protect her.

We took our first Uber ride and attempted to attend St. Dominic's church today. You know, the one just off of Poorvi Marg.

The church was packed, both main level and upstairs. It was nice to see so many youth. The churches that we attended in Canada had a sea of grey hair. Here, there were youth - and people - of all ages.

Most of the people were Indian but there was a large number of Africans and a few of European decent.

We did not stay as there were no seats and the heat and humidity had us all sweating hard, Derwin especially.

So, we pulled out the Uber app for our second Uber of the day and headed to Ambience Mall, the Space for a Million Smiles.


I love Uber. After we enter our destination, it displays the driver's name, his license plate number, and how long it'll take him to be there. They show his location on a map.

Once you're in the cab, you can track where you are on the map. In case of emergency, there's an emergency button right there. The app will track the cost so there's no haggling or arguments.

On the Way to the Mall

The dichotomy of our trip to the mall and our experience in the mall is incredible.

Here's the mall:

The Traffic

I forgot how close the drivers will get their cars to each other. Literally, the vehicles can get as close to 6 inches to each other.

It's a remarkable feat of driving. There is no such thing  as the Super Dave Safety Length rule in India.


The Selfie culture, or taking Lonelies as I like to call them, is alive and well here. There are no shortage of people making duck lips at their cell phones.

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