Since Kodigehalli is an ancient village being encroached upon and swallowed by the growing city of Bangalore, it affords some very interesting sights and insights.
This might be Hanuman or someone else. This has not been broken by the muslims, stolen by the British, templed by the Hindus or even glanced at by the ASI. It lies half buried in the soil eroded by the weather, just a part of the Kodigehalli scenery. A child of the heavens, like the tree that shades it. See the same place below at night.
Actually I feel sorry for the ASI, how much history can they save and preserve? This sculpture may be reused at some future point as someone’s stone fence. And that is as it happens in India.
In all villages, the lady of the house owns the responsibility of keeping the road in front of the house clean and dust free. She spreads water mixed with cowdung on the dusty road to settle the dust and then decorates it with floral patterns called Rangolis or Muggulu, so that the street is clean, antiseptic, pretty and dust free. I have heard people speaking of ‘civic sense’ and Indians. There is plenty of it in the villages, which have been somewhat sheltered from the individualistic western value system.
The best part is that this Indian Lady contributes ZERO to the carbon emissions and therefore ZERO to global warming. However, the Copenhagen summit is trying to curtail her “energy” usage. Possible the only energy she consumes is the shared street light, when there is electricity, and an occasional ride on an overcrowded bus. The world bank has eliminated her food subsidies so the price of any food she purchases is now 4 times what it was and still increasing. The plastic you see in the photograph is cheap recycled plastic and the bucket is converted paint can.
With all this, she was very glad that I took a picture of her and thanked me for showing it to her in my cell phone.
The broom she uses is made of sticks from dried and fallen coconut leaves.
When I hear Copenhagen speaking of India needing to limit her energy expenditure, I think, when did she start using any?
Then I think (as in the Magadheera movie), all these smart people who are trying to live excessively at the cost of these simple folks, and then trying to preach to them, shall be reborn as the children of these folk. They are going to have a lot of karma to work off!
- Travel : DoluKunitha, Kodigehalli, Bangalore,
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- Travel : Halekote Hanuman, Kodigehalli Bangalore
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