Our heartfelt thanks to Catherine Parker for putting together such an artistic, interesting, insightful, creative, joyful tour of Rajasthan. Your love of India, its people and the art that was (and remains) all around us is palpable and highly contagious. Love your work, babe, and I’m up for round two sometime in the not too distant future, I know it.
To Kamlesh Vyas of Lakshmi Tours, you had us from the moment you said “I know that cow” when pointing to a picture Janet had cut out of a travel brochure and stuck in the opening pages of her art journal. The cow pic was indeed from Jaisalmer, your home town, and you explained that the very same cow comes up the front steps of your house each morning to get a chapati. Janet and I are still marvelling at this coincidence but I guess that’s a point well made – there are no coincidences! Thank you, thank you for treating us like family, fixing stuff when it was broken, negotiating the best prices in the market, always finding us when we were lost, and for taking cheeky pictures that made me look like a bunny. (See earlier post Sunrise over Delhi.) We were meant to meet you on this tour – hope it will be the first of many.
To the gentle, wise, knowledgeable and very funny Mr Tripathi. Thank you for just being you and adding that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to Drawn to India.
Thank you to my sister Janet for coming up with the idea in the first place, and providing much mirth on the trip. It truly was a spiritual journey and I can’t thank you enough to taking me along for the ride.
Also to our fellow travellers for the laughs, insights, the generosity and the vulnerability of what we shared together. Well done, y’all!
And lastly to all of the readers of the Epiphany Drawn to India blogposts. I’ve been bowled over by your comments on individual posts and the many personal messages I’ve received from friends who’ve enjoyed the adventure. Your enthusiasm has put renewed zing into my blogging efforts and subscribers to the feeds will continue to receive whatever I go on with from here. Now that this Indian caper is adjourned I hope you won’t rush me with ‘unsubscribes’! Of course you can opt to do this at any time if you wish but now that we’re friends, I hope you’ll stay on with me. Thank you for coming along thus far.