Friday, June 25, 2010
do you feel the energy?
i went to see raavan yesterday alone . until satya cacananda made a surprise showing. she's about the only one aside from the colonel who will sit through 2-4 hour bollywood filums with me.
we were the only ones at the 2pm showing. the theatre did not bother to put on any air conditioner for us. so it kind of felt like india. she brought samosas. such a treat, because that's what you eat during intermission at a bollywood film in india. or pineapple upside down cake. or chai.
i could not stop thinking about the filum all day. because it was a modern day version of ramayana which is funny because i spent a lot of time laughing at poor abishek who can't act, which makes me feel like he is adopted by his famous dad amitabh who is one of the best ever. & being annoyed with the constant matrix style stop action & slow motion falling & fight scenes. they watch too many american blockbuster action movies & think all that crap makes a film better. unfortunately most bollywood films being made today are total crap. but i watch anyhow because it's the easiest way to teleport back to india without physically going there. i had to pull out my copy of "the ramayana" because i need to read it again. there are so many layers to it & having it re-created many times given the bolly treatment, it just makes me think. a lot. it's an amazing story that is woven in the lives of all hindu people. i saw live performances in bali of their version with the same story but different names for the characters. bali is the only place in indonesia that is almost all hindu. i went there as a preparation for india. cushy india-indonesia. when we pulled into the airport, the first sign i saw was ,
POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS IS PUNISHABLE BY DEATH.
we also were not admitted until we paid off the police. because the colonel's passport did not have 6 months left on it.
then we lost the camera. got our room, & immediately invaded by wild monkeys who stole our complimentary basket of fruit.
despite all of that, bali IS a cushion compared to india. so i do recommend going there first if you were like me-afraid to go to india. i'm not anymore. i crave that place terribly & it kind of pisses me off.
cause i don't have the means to keep returning.
i wedged this 3 hour film in between teaching 2 yoga classes, then rode through rush hour with a tsunami of humans crossing the street like cattle because of all the stuff going on in chicago this week. i heard bones crack & people gasping. a woman had been crushed between 2 cars. almost late for the 3rd class & a bit freaked by the traffic, i accidentally taught too quickly. which is not a good idea seeing there is a huge amount of wild energy with the full moon & the half eclipse tomorrow. i'm definitely having a little issue with it.
then to summerdance, which is a place by the lakefront in a garden that has an hour dance lesson & then hosts a band from another country. yesterday it was from syria & everyone came out with their belly dancing belts. omar souleyman . all free! every kind of person, lots of kids happily running around flowers & playing with chalk, & perfect strangers dancing with each other. i felt so happy being in the middle of it all.
are you feeling this wild & crazy energy?