Sea Virgins - Rajasthanis at Goa - India

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UploadedJune 19, 2010
TakenDecember 28, 2007
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ModelCanon PowerShot SD600
Exposure1/800 sec at f/2.8
Focal Length5.8 mm

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This is the joy of desert dwellers meeting the ocean for the first time in their life.

I joined this group of Ayurveda students from the Jhalamand Rajasthani University, on their annual education tour.

India is a huge country and they benefited from it. The tour took us from Jodhpur, in the state of Rajasthan down to the tip of the continent, Kanyakumari, in Tamil Nadu state.

How did I get on the band wagon?

I was a patient at the university hospital. The patient rooms were in the student dorms building. Because I under went the Pancha Karma cleansing process, I had a lot of free time and beside reading books I borrowed from their library, broadening my horizons on Indian traditional medicine, I also socialized with the students. (or should I say - they did with me, as Indian are usually quick to approach a foreigner).

So I heard they are getting ready for the tour and asked the principal, who was also my doctor, if I can join. He didn't give me an answer and I thought it was a polite way to say 'no'.

A few days before the end of my 3 week treatment, he raised the subject. "Do you want to join us on the educational trip?" I didn't think twice !

It was December 2007 and once the year had came to an end we were in the state of Goa. A tiny state on the coast known for its beautiful sandy beaches.

So we had a night cruise on a party boat (very calm on western scale). The student girls were dancing, which is uncommon sight in rural India culture. And the boys bathed in their underpants... as you can see.

Sleeping on train station platforms and bathing in their public showers, we covered over around 6000 km in 15 days. On the way we visited botanical gardens, universities, museums, palaces, famous Hindu temples and churches of southern India, markets, restaurants and beaches.

In one word: Intensive Care.

My India: Where every village is home - Experience !

राजस्थान, भारत

In the story Bathing Indian and the story Sea Virgins.

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  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (31 Mar 2012):

    Great image!

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