This is a long post, not in words but in images. I finally got the capacity to upload photos at something faster than three and hour and have, below, mostly Wayne Miller's images. They give you a good feel for one day of celebration and the buying spirit in what was, for me, the finest city in India.
Our tour, mentioned below, began at a small market. Across the way was a shop selling turbans. I eventually bought seven and shipped them back to Idaho. These pictures are mostly by Wayne Miller who has 34 years of filming India.
Of great interest to me is that Jai Singh built the city empty. He then scoured India and as far away as Persia in search of colonies of artisans and craftsmen and offered sections of the city to the most talented of them. These traditions continue into the present time, often in the same families and same places. The owner of the hotel where I’m staying and his wife, Vicky and Wayne Miller of Idaho ,who live here six months out of the year here and in Goa, myself and a guide, toured these enclaves. So, for example, we sat in the living room of the 9th, l0th and 11th generation of the makers of a type of jewelry known in France as cloisenay, who moved here 280 years ago.
This man can make just 25 to 30 bangles a day.
Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil but on this day illness nipped three of us. The next morning I cancel a trip to the western desert with a bit of a cold. Not to worry. A doctor arrives in the hotel in 20 minutes, delivers medicine from his bag and has me back on the road to full heath.