Today I decided to go check out the Udupi Temple. Actually, I really wanted to take a picture of the elephant at the Udupi temple, but when I got there the Elephant owner-human yelled at me about how there were no photos of the elephant allowed, and pointed to the numerous signs that said just that, so no elephant photos unfortch.
But hey, I still got fun some pictures of the temple anyway.
Today I decided I was going to go to a gorgeous cliff-type-object-place in Manipal, called “End Point” and take a couple pictures of the sunset and the various colors of dusk. Unfortunately, the Udupi police have opened up their headquarters there which has somewhat ruined the scenery, and after taking about 15 minutes to find out where the new ‘entrance to end point’ was, I wandered in with my tripod and my Lumia 1020 in it’s camera grip case. Observation: apparently noone trusts people who carry tripods.
The first day of a new year! How exciting, right? I intended to do a lot today, but as usual I ended up doing not much at all, haha. I did, however, convince my parents to come along with me to go watch the first sunset of the year…
Right next to the Kaup Lighthouse. Absolutely, gorgeous.
Today I saw, what I think is probably my favorite movie of the year so far. It’s a (mostly) Hindi movie quaintly called “English Vinglish.” Here’s the trailer:
As you probably already know, if you’ve hung around with me for more than 10 minutes, I dont really watch Hindi movies at all. But literally *everyone* who knows me well, told me to march right on down to a local theatre and watch this particular movie, and that’s just what I did this Sunday night.
And wow man. Wow.
I really, reaaaaaaally identified with this movie. Ironically my scenarios is completely the opposite. Instead of only knowing Hindi, and having to go to a foreign country and learning English like the main character of this movie, I only knew English and had to move from a foreign country where I was bought up, to my home country India. Where everyone speaks Hindi.
And like the main character, every day of my life here, I get insulted, picked on and made fun of just because I dont speak a language.
Ofcourse our situations are completely different. Unlike in the movie where the main character is being picked on by people she genuinely cares about, in my scenario I get picked on by… well I’d describe them as “people I know.”
Still hurts when it happens though. That lack of respect just because I dont speak a language. Maybe I need to take a 4 week class on Hindi and follow the movie, eh?
Or hey maybe this is the best plot for a sequel. After English Vinglish, here comes Hindi Vindi.
P.S: Seriously though. Fantastic movie, you need to watch this.
Shot and edited by a tourist friend of my roomate, the visuals are intense.
Living in Delhi or really, any major city in India can really get to someone. There’s so much chaos, and every day is survival. You get so caught up in it all, that you forget to just stop, and look around. And if there’s anything I learnt from my 2008 backpack trip around India, it’s that this country has SO much beauty to give. It’s just hidden around, so you’ll have to look. It’s not Europe, where every street is a picturesque catch, or South Asia with it’s gorgeously lit nights, or even the USA with it’s charm.
I dont think I’m ever going to have the time or money to just pick up my phone, a backpack with nothing but clothes and books, and just travel around in trains and buses around this sub-continent. And for that reason, I think 2008 was probably the best year of my life so far.
Sigh. Maybe I just need to travel again. But my bank account really begs to differ. Dammit.
When I moved to Udupi back in 2003, there were no ‘proper’ cake places. For my 18th Birthday I had to go out and buy a cake (New town, barely made any friends, just one terrible bakery) and nearly chipped a tooth on super hard icing on super terrible cake. Now in udupi, we have proper cakes. Too late unfortch *humph*