my illustrated virsion of the concept. (shot during my hippy time in India 2007 -2008 😉
story inspired whilst lying on the beach in Goa…
filmed in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
Pooja loosely translates as “blessing”. I just got a new bike and decided to perform pooja on it.
This has been done outside small Ganesh temple (God of Luck and Protection) using incense from the temple, red henna, lemons and a coconut. It was broken into pieces at the very end of the ritual. Pooja mantras were played in the temple throughout.
Bindu marks left on all four sides of the bike.
Pooja is widely used on all newly acquired material things to charge them with protective energy.
click on the pic for the full view.
1. Village couple announces its support for a political party.
2. Wedding announcement. You see the couple (left) and wedding ceremony sponsors (right)
3. A symbol that keeps evil forces away. You can see such signs almost on every house, village office or transport.
4. A village leader stature.
5. Election poster.
6. Popular guy (election) poster.
7. Private Happy Birthday poster.
8. Political leaders poster. I don’t know why, but the “green” face (with dark glasses) always stays “green” on every poster.
9. Political poster on private house. In support of Lolita (controversial political figure.)
10. Another political party symbol.
11. Beacon – another symbol representing a political party.
12. Anniversary of someone’s death poster.
13. A marriage announcement poster.
14. Another political party symbol in a village
15. Just wierd.
Once at night I heard weird singing coming from a field from a far. It turned out to be a couple of Indian peasants going home from some local pub. I went to meet them and asked to sing for the camera. They were apparently under influence of alcohol or something else, but I was impressed by their voices and the style of their singing. My favourite bit of the video starts when the second guy starts singing using a body language similar to rappers (throwing fists into the camera sort of thing). at about 1:50min time line. A friend of mine, a Tamil guy who was with me, said that it’s a kind of folk song about life of common people. I asked them to sing in duet and the babas improvised pretty well. Refreshing stuff.