India 2013/2014 · Travel writing

Brahma Festival: Alone In A Hubbub Of Hinduism

Last week, I wrote about the camels of the Pushkar ka mela; this week is the turn of the Hindu festival, which occurred at the same time. As a non-Hindu, it’s difficult for me to describe what a Hindu festival is like: I can only say what I saw and felt, rather than what things actually… Continue reading Brahma Festival: Alone In A Hubbub Of Hinduism

India 2013/2014 · Travel writing

The Pushkar Camel Fair 2013, pt. 1

Looking down a camel’s throat is not an experience I recommend. It’s green and brown. Its breath is hideous. And its rippling bellows of annoyance are deafening. Each year in Pushkar, central Rajasthan, thousands of nomads trade hundreds of thousands of camels at the world’s biggest livestock market. And as I learnt, when you’re in… Continue reading The Pushkar Camel Fair 2013, pt. 1