“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
We had an early start this morning, visiting the village of Matiari. This town of 20,000 inhabitants is more prosperous than many, due to the local brass industry. Skilled workers pressed hot brass into flat sheets, which would later be made into plates. Artists chiseled intricate designs of peacocks, elephants, tigers and even butterflies into the nearly finished products. By the way, these skilled workers are also farmers. The reason for our early visit was that they had to return to their crops after their brass work.
As we walked through the village, our entourage of curious children grew. Many were decked out in their finest for the Festival of Saras Wati later in the day. While in India I’ve been using my iPad for photography. Although somewhat awkward, it keeps my photos ready for quick upload when possible. It’s been fun watching the faces of the local kids when eyes see their images on the larger screen.
This afternoon we had a demonstration on the wrapping of a sari. It’s much more complex than the longyis of Myanmar we wore last year. A sari is full of folds and moves quite beautifully. We each had a matching bindi placed on our forehead. I’ve learned that the bindi is ornamental. Married women identify themselves with bright red coloring in the part of their hair.
Another stop later in the afternoon. In the meantime, the sights from the boat are amazing.