A DAY OF SPECIAL BLESSINGS

WE WERE TOLD THERE WOULD BE NO ELEPHANTS AND NO MAHOUTS (ELEPHANT HANDLERS) IN THIS PART OF INDIA; HOWEVER, RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR HOTEL AS WE WERE GETTING IN OUR CAR FOR THE MORNING JOURNEY, THERE WAS A TEMPLE ELEPHANT AND HIS MAHOUT STANDING BEFORE US.  EVEN THE POOREST OF THE POOR GIVE FOOD AND RUPEES TO THE ELEPHANT FOR A BLESSING IN RETURN.  MARTA AND GLORIA BOTH GAVE THE ELEPHANT COINS, SHOCKED THAT THIS TRUNK OF A SNOUT WAS SO SENSITIVE IT COULD DELICATELY “FINGER” A QUARTER-SIZED COIN, LIFTING IT UP OVER IT’S HEAD TO THE MAHOUT.  SOME KIND MAN HANDED GLORIA A DOZEN BANANAS, AND SHE RECEIVED A GIFT OF A LIFETIME BY FEEDING THE BANANAS (UNPEELED) TO THE ELEPHANT ONE-BY-ONE. 

HERE WE ARE IN RAJKOT VISITING SILK AND LINEN “FACTORIES” WHICH ARE ACTUALLY ONE CONCRETE ROOM, GRASS-ROOTS WITH 1-2 PEOPLE OPERATING.  WE WATCHED A WOMAN HAND-SPIN A SPOOL OF SILK THREAD IN A HUE OF COLORS WHILE A MAN WOVE SIX YARDS OF SILK FOR A SARI.  THE OWNER OF THE FACTORY THEN INVITED US INTO HIS HOME WHERE WE MET HIS FAMILY AND HIS BRAND NEW GRAND SON, PEACEFULLY SLEEPING IN HIS CRADLE. 

WE ARE RUSHED AT THE COMPUTER…WILL BLOG LATER .

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