We drove to Ajmer, a place I hadn’t heard of before. We stayed at a friend’s place for a day and decided to visit the location of the famous Indian series ‘Diya aur Bati Hum’; which I used to watch when it began and then got weary of the repeated torture the daughter-in-law was going through. Anyway, we drove through the Nag Pahar (Snake Mountain) that separates Ajmer from Pushkar and passed a few grey langurs (baboons) sitting in line like they were in an exhibition. We sat at a Sunset Hotel, where the food wasn’t to die for, and watched the sun set behind the lake while the mosquitoes, as usual, found my legs and my feet through my Hush Puppies.
It is believed that Lord Brahma was looking for a place to conduct a religious ceremony and dropped a lotus that fell on the land which is now the beautiful Pushkar Lake, surrounded by 52 bathing ghats (a series of steps leading to the lake) and over 500 Hindu temples. The view was divine through the trees overlooking the lake. The water was not very clean around the edges and the steps were splashed with blobs of cow dung and the cows moved around there too. Despite that, a woman had the audacity to ask me to take my Hush Puppies off while standing on the steps. Did she really think I’d stand there without them? I went back to the shack and immersed myself in the beauty of Pushkar. We did not visit the Brahma temple despite it being the only one in the world but people say a visit to it is a must. We were pressed for time so maybe, we will go there next time.
The party at night, back at Ajmer, allowed me to meet a bunch of interesting women with different backgrounds. One was a dancer, one a full time outbound working woman, one a trophy wife and one a doctor. We exchanged information and hobbies and as soon as they got to know I was a belly dancer, we had a session for an hour where I taught them a few moves. I had fun being on the teaching side for once. If we had a little more time left, I was sure that that hall would have turned into a mini disco, as all of us loved to dance.
Next day, my Hush Puppies would see Bhilwara. The two-hour drive had me wishing for a time-machine where I could vanish from one place and appear at the destination. I love holidaying but the road travels kill me; when with kids. Nevertheless, we reached the cleanest city in Rajasthan and rested at a friend’s home. The get-together was planned at the friend’s house. I thanked my friend for thinking of me while planning this because the past few days exhausted not only me but the kids too. After a good nap, we had a lovely chit-chat and singing session. Of course, I sang too while my Hush Puppies relaxed in the air conditioned room because the next day they were to enter another State.