Saturday, December 29, 2012

Asia's Largest Monolith

Madhugiri hill, the largest monolith in Asia and the second largest in the world, attracts many climbers. The prosperous town is famous for its pomegranates as well.

Other India trivia . . .

The language of Karnataka state where we are staying is Kannada. However, most speak English quite well, even though we have to strain our ears to understand.

Vendors pass by the house every morning collecting and/or calling out their wares--papar (collecting old newspapers to resell to make various items, such as gift bags), fruits and vegetables, potted plants and soil.

Chuck played golf here the other day. He wore a long-sleeved shirt since he is very susceptible to sunburn. The manager of the course said, "Your shirt, unacceptable." So he purchased a regular polo shirt at a reasonable price. Back on the course and ready to play, Chuck sees the man approach again. "Shirt, unacceptable." What now! Chuck thought. The man said, "You must tuck in." This coming from a culture of people who seem oblivious to major nuisances like garbage piled on the side of the road.

In my Born for India trilogy, characters Maggie and Gavin contend with these cultural dynamics day in and out and learn to cope. While Gavin does not hike Madhugiri, he does take a Himalayan trek with brother Tim in Restored Hearts. This excursion proves to be a turning point in their healing journey, exposing some long-buried hurts from their past. 


chaplaindebbie said...

Well, I hope Chuck didn't burn. Amazing how picky they are!
As I look at the picture of the monolith, I can't help but wonder what is keeping that one big rock from falling. These posts are so great and educational. Thank you so much for sharing your journey!

Eileen Rife said...

Amazing, isn't it! I wonder, too, if this structure was formed as a result of Noah's flood.

Eileen Rife said...

Another bit of trivia I just remembered: Indians drive on the left side of the road with the steering wheel on the right side of the car.

Chuck and I just returned from a walk. More building going on--forever and always! We watched some men carve designs in enormous chunks of granite block.

One Indian man invited us into his home. He'd lived in America for a year. Very hospitable. Said he celebrates all religions even though he is officially Hindu. He also recognizes the Christ child and puts up a tree, etc.

chaplaindebbie said...

I would totally get confused driving there or any place that reverses driving rules. LOL
It was nice that you were able to get to know that Indian man. He sounds like a very interesting man. What was his house like?

Eileen Rife said...

The outside was blue. There are many colorful houses here. A balcony graced the second floor. Marble floors inside with a shag throw-rug between the couch and two chairs. Open living room into the dining room.

chaplaindebbie said...

Sounds like a very cozy home. I am so happy you are having a nice visit over there. So, do they do anything special for New Year's over there? Speaking of which, Happy New Year!

Eileen Rife said...

We heard fireworks last night. Happy New Year to you too! We crossed over a few hours before you!