Memoirs of Rangoli ... (p35) - feeling blue ... Jodhpur Blue City part 2

Blue City of Jodhpur
Rajashtan, India
February 2016

it was our 6th day in India and the day began early as we only had until afternoon before leaving the city. our plan that morning was to visit the blue city that we memo-graphed from the Mehrangarh fort the day before. we had the complimentary buffet breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. well...despite it was only vegan option, the selection was plenty and enough to feed our stomach. i had the rotee with dhal, and fruits, if i've not mistaken. there was also selection of cereal. 

once everybody done with the breakfast, we gathered at the hotel lobby. again, as the bus won't be able to take us around that morning, we had to hire the auto-rickshaw to get us to the blue city. the hotel staff helped us to tell the auto-rickshaw's driver our destination. same as yesterday, we had to pay around 100-200 rupee for the ride.
the blue city of Jodhpur is actually an old-part of the city and it was located along the way to the fort that we went the day before. apparently, there was no exact marker/spot to tell you where does the blue city begin as we rode the auto-rickshaw. the driver started to look at us and asked where we would want to stop as while we were riding along the narrow road of the old city. 

well...we asked him to stop once we felt that we were surrounded with enough 'blue'. the driver insisted to wait, if i've not mistaken, but since we were unsure which part of the city we would end up, we declined the offer.we waited for everybody to arrive and gathered for a while before began mazing the blue city of Jodhpur.   
it was around 9am and weekdays in Jodhpur. the locals were busy with their days, leaving to do their errants. it seemed pretty quiet there, and our excitement and sometimes the sound of the vehicles passing by the streets nearby, broke the calm. either we were on the 'wrong' part of the old city, or it was a low season, we were the only group that playing tourist that day.

ah..we did met two japanese' photographers wandering around too as we were about to leave the place.

mazing the blue city. 

it reminded me that much my visit to gamcheon village or also known as 'busantorini' as quoted by fida. but it felt more rustic compared to gamcheon. perhaps, it is an old city by nature, and i didn't feel the commercialization vibe crept in every corner of the place, as we walked through it. for example, no exact entrance to the blue city, no tourist centre etc. or map being provided or sold like we had in gamcheon. somehow, i like it that way. as it felt original, rather than seeing the artsy street art etc. painting every single corner of it. it was only the locals in their colourful costume that adds the vibe.
our voices caught an attention of one of the locals, an old lady that was cleaning the space in front of her house. and she suddenly became our subject for photography. our surprise she wasn't offended with our excitement, but gladly entertain to our request for her to pose etc. fair and kind enough, her family invited us to go to the roof of their house to view the old city from there.
his son was a really friendly chap, perhaps they were used to visitors wandering around. he shared with us the story why this part of the city being painted in blue, and why the buildings were built that close to each other. the reason being, as he told...Jodhpur also known as the sun-city other than blue-city. as Jodhpur located closer to the part of Rajasthan where the desert is a dominant features, the place got really hot as summer approaching. Blue was an obvious choice to cool down the effect, and having the building built close to each other will allow the shades to cover the street and alleys between the building. well..sounds logic aite?
he told us that the locals who lived in this part of the city, are warm and friendly, despite their religion and beliefs. 36 religions! he told us...and we were like..including Islam? ah..he corrected our interpretation by explaining  it was 36 different beliefs in hinduism. ok 36 sounds that much, but you can google it! it is true. 

we bid farewell to the family after enough memographing the place, as well as them as part of the subjects of our interest. 
the next door neighbour was also such a charm as they invited us to their house as well. we went to the roof top and then spent a while wandering within the house, chatting and memo-graph. it took us closer to see the life of a typical local family there - everybody lived under the same roof, even when they got married. the tradition sounds pretty consistent with most of the tradition of asian, even in our country. while the house was quite basic, but it never speak less for what a big family like them need. i saw a warm and happy family. period.

we thanked the family for their kindness, and bid farewell to them, then continued our mission to wander around.

enjoy the pics! 



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