Feature Story

Sea Virgins

Sea Virgins - Rajasthanis at Goa - India
Around the tip in 15 days with IRCTC, Indian railway ticket booking ! रेलवे
Class mates at the Madurai temple
Midnight at கன்னியாகுமரி

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

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, practicing the 3 weeks Pancha Karma cleansing process. The patient rooms were in the student dorms building and I had a lot of free time on my side. Besides 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 teens are 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 in. 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 along the way 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 !




The route:

Jodhpur, (Rajasthani / Marwari : जोधाणा) (Hindi : जोधपुर). State: Rajasthan

Margao, (Konkani: मडगांव /Moddganv). State: Goa

Mangalore, (Tulu: Kudla, ಕುಡ್ಲ; Kannada: ಮಂಗಳೂರು, Mangalūru; Konkani: Kodial, ಕೊಡಿಯಾಲ್; Beary: Maikala, ಮೈಕಾಲ). State: Karnataka

Thiruvananthapuram, Trivandrum (Malayalam : തിരുവനന്തപുരം). State: Kerala

Kanyakumari (Tamil: கன்னியாகுமரி). State: Tamil Nadu

Rameswaram (Tamil: இராமேஸ்வரம்). State: Tamil Nadu

Bangalore, Bengaḷūru (Kannada: ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು) State: Karnataka

Madurai (Tamil: மதுரை). State: Tamil Nadu

Mysore (Kannada: ಮೈಸೂರು Maisūru). State: Karnataka

राजस्थान, भारत

Desi [ˈd̪esi] (Hindi: देसी, Punjabi: ਦੇਸੀ (or جو), Urdu: جو, Tamil: தேசி, Malayalam: ദേശി, Telugu: దేశీయుడు) or Deshi [ˈd̪eʃi] (Marathi: देशी, Gujarati: દેશી, Bengali: দেশী) refers to the peoples, cultures, and products of India.

VOTE: Do you like this story?

Tell a friend about this story!

Tell a friend about this story!

  1. or

Hi there!

thought you might like this story!


—The JPG team

1 response

Want to leave a comment? Log in or sign up!