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Feeling poor in Jodhpur or Lights out during the festival of light.

Written on: Thursday October 30th, 2008

A journal entry from: July 08 - Jan 09

Well I actually blame a dodgy egg that I was served up in Jaipur, but boy has it made my stay in Jodhpur memorable for all the wrong reasons. Without going into too many gory details, I have spent the last 4 days in my hotel bedroom. At one stage, I could not walk the 5 metres from my ensuite toilet (which I was going to a lot) back to bed without fainting.

Kevin, being a very understanding travel buddy, went out and got me some pretty powerful medication, which killed the parasite in my guts, but also, as predicted, killede off all of the good bacteria in my guts as well. So I couldn't digest anything (not that I had an appetite) for the next couple of days. So I slept for about 20 hours per day and got weaker.

During this time the festival of Diwali was celebrated, which I saw a little of from the hotel's rooftop. he best way of describing Diwali is how it contrasts withJapanese firework (hanabi) festivals in Japan. In Japan, during summer festivals, there will be a 30-45 minute display of huge fireworks, during which tens of thousands of people will typically congregate in the impeccably clean town centre or foreshore. The fireworks will start and finish on schedule and then everyone will slowly disperse.

The fireworks for Diwali are set off by individuals around the city (as opposed to by the city authorities), and are pretty constant for 2 days, with a concentration for about 8 or 10 hours during the night of Diwali itself. Chaos and randomness seem to be the order of teh day - as is danger (I was hit on the arm on two separate occasions by misfired pyrotechnics). There is also a type of firework which has no visual component - they just make an enormous bang. But, sick as  I was, after an hour or so I went back to bed and had no trouble sleeping through most of the racket. I was missing Hanabi though.