As the world suffered through the Covid-19 crisis, so many of my friends in Burma, Thailand and India suffered even more than we did here in the United States. I was moved by the plight of old friends, particularly in India which was so hard hit.
A tuk-tuk driver in Jodhpur whom I had known for ten years and who had been my friend and guide had worked hard for so many years to make a better life for his family and he was succeeding well….until he lost everything. When he was on the verge of losing his home, I asked my friends and customers to assist me in providing aid. They stepped up and I was able to collect over $1200. Together, we were able to save his home. Furthermore, with leftover funds, I was able to help procure food for three close friends who were helping to feed the poor and sick in Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi.
Did you know there are at least 25 different ways to tie a scarf? In this surprisingly entertaining Youtube video, a young Thai woman deftly demonstrates how to wear a silk scarf in all 25 ways!
On my latest trip to India, I took two days to visit the southern India city known as Mysore, which for about 6 centuries, until 1956, was the capital of the Mysore Kingdom. The ruling family were patrons of the arts and culture, and their influence on this beautiful city can be seen in many corners of the cityscape. Perhaps the most pronounced is the amazingly beautiful Mysore Palace.
Included here are several photos taken throughout the city, with the last several of the inside and outside of the palace. Each night there is a spectacular light and sound show recalling the history of this great palace.
There is the Pink City and the Blue City….Jaipur and Jodhpur. The Pink City is a tourist favorite, but the Blue City has really not yet been found by the same hordes. That is probably one reason I like it so much. Full of color and very accessible, and not very touristy,
Jodhpur is called the Blue City because when the city was about to be invaded, orders went out to the higher classes to paint their houses blue in order that they not be struck by the enemy.
There is a color market around the central Clock Tower, lots of cows and the amazing Fort Mehrangarh, two photos of which are included with this collection.
An inveterate traveler, I have spent a great deal of time searching for new arts and artisans, mostly in Asia. I am drawn to Asia thanks to my 25-year tenure living in Japan. During that period I traveled extensively and often in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to the US, I formed Arts of Asia in order to share the qualities I admire in Asia with my friends and customers in the US. To support this mission, I continue to spend 4 months a year abroad. The search is never ending!