Googling to Gujarat!

Old May 14th, 2017, 05:20 PM
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The best I could come up with is gadha in Hindi and ganhedo in Gujarati.

However I am not the guy to ask about language. During our first trip to India I was told of a term of respect in Hindi for an eldest SIL but when I tried to say it to her she and two of her lady friends were aghast! Turns out I mispronounced it so badly it came across as "she is my old goat." .

Fortunately they were all English teachers so it took them but a short while to figure it all out and they got a good laugh out of it. I felt very lucky. Thank God. .
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Old May 25th, 2017, 10:05 PM
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Jacketwatch- at different meanings conveyed by tone and pronunciation the world over, with sometimes hilarious results--as in your experience.

OK gang, this is the last of my Gujurat Flickr albums. It includes photos taken at a village that's off the beaten track, in the north of the state. The gracious warmth and friendly curiosity of the people was touching and wonderful, part of a lovely last evening in Gujarat which included visits to the local royal family's horse farm, and a delicious dinner at their home. Comments/descriptions are attached to the photos and as always, I welcome comments/questions.

The trip continued for another four days across the border into Rajasthan (three days in Udaipur) and then a flight to Mumbai for the last day. I'll post those pix and mini-reports separately.
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Old May 26th, 2017, 05:23 AM
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Wonderful photos CaliNurse, so evocative and alluring. You might recall I mentioned earlier the five years between our first and second trips to India. Well, DH threw a casual "when we go back to India" into the conversation tonight, so I'm ecstatic. Looking forward to your take on Udaipur and Mumbai.
Thank you !
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Old May 26th, 2017, 09:14 PM
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Love the report! Great way to spend a morning. And the pics!

I (or more, my family) have always been a little apprehensive about India, mostly because of the impression of it being full-on pressure. From videos, reports and such, mostly. We've enjoyed trips in tout-ish sort of places (Morocco, Cambodia) but India seemed like a step up from that.

I think I'd really enjoy Gujarat though, from your report. Being able to move around and see a glimpse of local life without being followed and all that would be great.

Thanks so much for sharing it.
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Old May 28th, 2017, 04:10 AM
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CaliNurse, I so love these photos! The shots of the villagers are so intimate and they clearly felt comfortable with you in the way they engage. I have loved all your photos on this trip - you've captured the color, craziness and warmth that is so special in India - but I'm especially captivated by the many faces in these pictures! Beautiful photos, amazing trip!

Oh, and the shot of the dog and the terracotta horses -- priceless!!
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Old May 29th, 2017, 06:06 PM
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You saved some of the best for last of this amazing trip!

I imagine those goats cautiously approaching the "Bump Ahead" and stepping gingerly over it, minding that they don't scuff their hooves!

I have fond memories of the Aravali Hills. There are leopards in them thar hills!

I agree with progol, the POV of the dog gazing at the terracotta horses is wonderful! It looks as though he is addressing his troops before a battle!

Love that village near Danta. You took so many fine portraits there!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2017, 05:36 PM
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Thank you all very much for your comments, and for following along through this! You've kept kept me motivated!!

@Sartoric: Agreed--it's an addictive country! Coincidentally, on that last evening I met an Australian couple who were not only staying at the same small place, but also had their trip planned/booked by [email protected] Before Gujurat, they'd been to Odisha and said it was amazing (and Odisha is not a "dry" state ) It's already on my "next time" list.
Tim recommended this place and it looks great--not just the lodging, but visits to/ interaction with nearby folks. It's owned and managed by Leon, another Aussie. So you'll feel right at home (in good ways!).

@Progol: Indeed, I treasure the times, throughout this trip and previous ones, where there's a chance to speak with or even nonverbally "talk" with people. Wonderful welcoming smiles, without the least bit of hassle, made this trip very special! LOL the dog checking out the mini clay horses. Despite my attempts to lure the monkey down from the tree to join in the fun, he was having none of it!

@Rje: Yes, leopards and even tigers, per the villagers. In the Udaipur photos (coming eventually, in separate TR thread) you'll see pix from the 'burbs of Tiger Lake, eponymously named for the occasionally seen big cats in the surrounding hills.
The Canine General addressing the troops--love it!!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2017, 09:01 PM
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Thanks for that link, will have to work that village into our next India trip. Orissa sounds cool.

I've been working on another trip for later this year, first it was Laos, then Borneo, but I think we've finally agreed and locked in Sri Lanka ! As dogster would say "India lite", works for me...
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Old Jun 5th, 2017, 11:09 AM
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"India lite" works for me too--looking forward to hearing about it! Dogster used to also sarcastically refer to "The Oberoi Bubble" but those occasional bubbles provide needed if brief breaks from intensity unique to Incredible india
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Old Sep 8th, 2017, 10:12 PM
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Gujarat is Modi's State so money has been poured into it. The people have a better standard of life than the rest of India. Good to read your report. Must follow it if we follow our Gujarati friends there.
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Old Sep 9th, 2017, 05:50 PM
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It's not 'Kai say ho' but kaisa hair.
In other words you are asking them the level of health they possess.

Danyavad pr Dhunyavaad is an pretentious old fashioned way of saying thank you.
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Old Sep 13th, 2017, 10:09 AM
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Kaisa(y) ho- How have you been.

kaisa(y) hey - How are you. (Present context)

Subtle . Alphabet 'y' adds a degree of respect.can replace 'a' with an 'e' too minus the 'y' though.

Danyavaad - (Sanskrit) Thank you for giving.Not old fashioned but puritanical expression.Sparingly used.

Shukriya (arabic more commonly/widely used) - Thank you.
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Old Sep 13th, 2017, 10:18 AM
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Weebale Nyo Nyo Cali!!! What a splindid report indeed!!
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Old Sep 13th, 2017, 01:03 PM
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Thank you Inquest. would have to remind me of wonderful Uganda!! Great memories of my trips,. and your fantastic trip report.

A puritanical "Dhanyavad" back to you!

Incidentally, I once used "Shukria" and was criticized for it. Go figure!
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