So we arrived in Gokarna on the rebound from sickness and what better place to recover than lying in the sun in a super shanti temple town? Well nothing as it turns out. The feeling of walking about on a movie set was hard to shake. The streets are narrow and winding and the small small village is really a collection of temples and old old houses with guest houses, quaint shops and restaurants.
The streets are a red clay and periodically doused with water to keep them cool. Magnificant Rangoli (chalk designs for good luck) adorned the streets in varied patterns changing on a daily basis.
We arrived a couple of days befroe the Shivatari festival where a massive wooden chariot (egg shaped, and maybe 10m tall) is pulled down the street by hand while people throng the streets throwing bananas into it. The chariot is filled with Brahmin (Hindu religious types) and punters can get much good luck for getting banans through the 1000’s of flags adorning it. I don’t know if the luck holds for sconing a Brahmin in the head.. but it’s worth a shot. I think it is really a chance for the Hindu people to throw bananas at the fat Brahmins – but what would I know?
So we caught up with a good friend and moved into a beachside huts in a guest house with restaurant. We purchased hammocks, lungis, charas and spent the next six weeks doing some serious meditation, life evaluation, reading, swimming and working on our tans. Fantastic. Such a great learning experience. What a different way to live. The realisation dawns on us after seeing other long term ‘residents’ of India that this can be a way to live. Imagine that? Escape from the first world bullshit. Permanently. It hardly seems possible until you meet people who are actually doing it.
We reluctantly set a course out of town after 5 or 6 weeks to slowly make our way to the mountains before our visas expire. A week in Bangalore with friends complete with home cooked meals, brown German bread, a salad and some great instructions on music production. Looking good on that front! Many thanks :)