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11/30/2011

Tantrism

A philosophy I quite like:

 

"Although it would be ridiculous to say that eroticism in art or religion began in any one place, it is certain that the specific philosophy known as “Tantra” began in India. It also reached its highest artistic

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“Tantra” is a Sanskrit word taken from the root tan-, “to expand.”

“Tantrism” is a form of religious practice that takes elements from its Vedic roots and combines them with elements of Buddhism and Hinduism to form a synthesis with universal roots. Elements of Tantra date back nearly 5,000 years to the Harappan Culture (Indus Valley Civilization, c. 2300–1700 B.C.)

 

Invasions by the Huns, the Moslems, and Victorian soldiers led to an end of the flowering of Tantrism in India. It continues to this day, but nothing could rival the expression Tantrism found in the Northern Medieval period in India.

 

Tantra involves esoteric sacramental practice. For instance sexual intercourse is

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11/21/2011

The Indigo mystery.

Indigo is an Indian low-cost, my favorite. Brand new planes, a nice TV ad and they are regularly on time.

When I went back and forth to Bhubaneshwar, I found the stewardesses’ haircuts weird: how could they all have short hair? I looked and looked and finally I was sure: they wear wigs!! Poor things... 

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 I took Indigo later on and all the hostesses were not wearing the wig but on that flight to Orissa, we felt on Pan Am airline in the thirties! 

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 What is even weirder than the wig is the short haircut which is still not common at all in India. It is for “easy girls”. Hostesses to make people fantasize? Another thing I noticed: no steward, only women!!

And still for Indigo, here is the recruitment ad – the requirements are the same for all the companies. It includes a “clear complexion”. Americans would love that: straight to court!! 

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11/05/2011

5 years ago…

 …I arrived in India…

 Here are 2 dialogues quite typical when non-Indian people ask me for how long I have been in India. The 1st one is usually with a non-Indian who 1. has never been in India, 2. visited India on holidays and 3. has just arrived in India. And the 2nd is with a non-Indian person who has had some brush with India…

 

-          5 years?? You must be in love with India no?

-          Euh… No. I don’t adore her, I don’t hate her, I have just found a (small) place here.

 

-          5 years?? How did you do it?? (meaning, how are you still holding on?)

-          Euh… I have found a professional and affective balance here. And after 5 years of introspection – I spend a lot of my time with myself! – I think I may have even found some kind of inner balance!!

To celebrate, I decided to select a picture of every place I have been to during my personal trips. It took me a lot of time but gave me the opportunity to kind of travel there a second time and moreover to realise that I have seen some out-of-this-world things!! Maybe it is also why I have been staying ;)

So here is my patchwork (there is an album (see on the right) where the detail of the places where the pictures were taken is mentioned); there are pictures that meant something to me, not necessarily very touristic and none has been photoshoped:

http://www.indiansamourai.com/album/india-in-100-pics/

 

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Click on the picture to enlarge it.

 

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Places I have visited out of personal interest...