View of Khau Phau pass.
Remember how I mentioned the Diwali lights resemble holiday lights in the West during the winter? This was the JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity at Diwali, October 29, 2013.
This was a busy day, btw: Coffee with Shikha Garbyal (Scorpio on Orkut!), dinner with Sourabh Sethi (Scorpio on Orkut!) and his then fiancée (now wife) Varnita Mahajan, a delightful day! (I’m not mentioning everyone I met each day because the days in terms of who I met on which day often ran together. By now, I had caught up with Garima Saini (Scorpio on Orkut!) and Pritpal Singh (Scorpio on Orkut!) and his wife, and had discovered those midnight roadside snacks with Anubhav (Scorpio on Orkut!) and Abhilash Nagpal–and I’m sure I’d already had coffee and hours of great astrological conversation with Sachin Malhotra and Neelabh Chaturvedi. (I’ll go through my notes when I’m working on the book and be more detailed then.) Thanks to Neelabh, I discovered the pleasures and kilograms of ladoos! (Thankfully, the ladoos are whittling off again too! lol).
Today is Halloween.
One thing that should be evident when celebrating this day, is that we as a society LOVE to be scared. That is especially evident over the past ten years.
For example, in 1996, the amount of horror movies that were released was just seven. In 2017, so far, it is sixty-two. It is easy to see why. The movie "It," based off of Stephen King’s best-selling novel, has already generated $320 million worldwide.
Turn your attention to the haunted house industry. It raked in over $300 million in the year 2013. It annually serves 375 million people in the United States.
We seek out these environments because they are safe. Audiences know they are not going to be killed when they watch the film "It." Those that enter a haunted mansion know they will not be murdered. We want the thrill of death without personally experiencing it. Most of the time we undertake these experiences with family or friends. The result is that we are drawn closer together and form tighter bonds.
Yet outside of these fantasies are things that are far scarier. There are communities that do not have access to clean drinking water, corporations that look at the destruction of our environment as a business opportunity, more victims of sexual assault and harassment are coming out of the shadows to reveal industries and figures indifferent to their trauma, poverty is increasing, drug addiction is increasing, two nations are standing on the precipice of nuclear war, etc.
Enjoy today’s holiday with your friends, family, and neighbors. Just do not forget what should REALLY scare you.
That fear should motivate you to mobilize and form bonds with people that want to better humanity and pursue a vision of peace.
Anyone interested in Micro-blading? I know a girl who is willing to travel to Myanmar tours 2017 with Myanmar Discovery but it would have to be worth her drive!
Once upon a time…
I moved to CA, and a few days after arriving, my new housemate offered me discounted artist ticket to this thing called Burning Man. (I think it was something like $75. "That art festival in the desert?" I asked. I had literally heard one sentence about it, and had never seen a photo. I gathered my tent and some clothes and a bag of food and craigslisted a ride. I was adopted by my co-pilot Audree Halasz, and had an AMAZING time.
The next year I was in the middle of producing a short film, craigslisted a ride (explained that I would need to be on the phone the entire time since I was in the middle of production), realized I didn’t have the main character cast as I went through the gates, had a fabulous time galavanting around on my own and hanging out with Terry, Andrew and Chloe, and hitchiked out 36 hours later to finish preparing for the shoot (and that film won an award).
The next year I was sitting in the offices of Current, moping, when on Wednesday Lauren and I decided if we could get tickets, we would leave the next day. We did. We brought our little tent, and a small cooler, no shade, went to a LOT of workshops to avoid the sun, and… had a great time.
Then I found my playa camp of dear friends. And for the next many years, luxuriated in the sweetness that is going with people I could carry the adventure home with. I went in an RV for a couple of those years (which was nice, but didn’t make or break my experience). i had a great time. Then babies started happening and our camp came to a close. So I said yes when invited into a theme camp . (Of all the years I went, that was least fun to be true). And started making a point of giving my gifts through workshops, was reinvigorated and reminded by the equisite nature of service, and my favorite…bringing the gifts to the deep playa. (Look for the "Ask for Magic or A Story" sign and I will most likely be close by with my basket of goodies and umbrella of hanging stories.)
My point is…I love seeing what people will do when given a blank canvas to play with. While Burning Man isn’t exactly a blank canvas anymore, there is no reason to get stuck thinking there is THE WAY to do it. There are a million ways to go and delight in the epic creativity of humans. And it doesn’t rquire a lot of hoopla to have an amazing time.
And…if you are in the neighbrhood of Red Lightening at 5:30pm on Thursday… CALLING ALL dancers, muscians, storytellers, and storylovers for SHE RISES: A Radical new creation myth for the times we are living in.
3 more sleeps before a dream comes true! I depart on a #bucketlisttrip on Wednesday
I am part of a trip to Myanmar 2 week itinerary
http://myanmardiscovery.com/trip-ideas/myanmar-highlights/best-myanmar-15-days/ – I still can’t believe that I go & feel so humble.
First country: UGANDA
Uganda is in East Africa and presents itself with a vast diverse landscape encompassing the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its huge wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds besides the remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary – my ultimate to see ! Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest of the country is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.
I will leave my laptop in Cape Town!!! #nowork #Uganda #OpulentLivingTravel #Africa