illuminating, eccentric, vibrant, colorful, colorless, aromatic, rancid, filth, jubilant, smile, trains, complicated, simple, religious, harmonic, faithful, reverential, lassi, thali, dal, lorries, frenetic, self revealing, buttered nann, seekers, hustlers, charlatans, elixirs, holy men, curious, desperate, afflicted, rupees, slow moving, dry, ganges, buddhism, hinduism, sikh, gems, fabric, copper, brass, haveli, holy cows, ghats, prayers, candles, ego and the lack of ego, the have's and the have not's, congested, population, sari, forts, shiva, krishna, vishnu, brahma and the brahmans, bodhi tree, buddha, deities, monkey's, muslim, playful, no shield syndication, tired, aarti, punja, searing, extreme, mercurial, flowing, still, chai, cricket, laughter, anonymous, transformation, strangers, friends...
these are a few. but there are none really. words i mean. grand statements i'm going to stay away from...there are some things, as previously mentioned, that a person should keep to themselves. i'd like to think that my journey has been watering a seed planted a long time ago.
i will however give a parting story.... i did an interview for emmy magazine while i was here. the irony will not be lost on those that know me best. they're doing an article entitled "PEOPLE TO WATCH" for an upcoming emmy nomination this july. they've picked 5 men and 5 women to center this story on. i was one of the 5 (men that is).
the interviewer asked me how getting nominated for an emmy might change my life. i was very tired at the time, not thinking clearly. i don't really remember what my answer was. thinking about that question in the days that followed, my truthful answer became very clear...
"before i wouldn't have been nominated for an emmy, afterwards i would be nominated for an emmy."
now, asking myself the same question about India, about the last 5 weeks of my life, my answer is the same...
"before i hadn't come to INDIA, now i've come to INDIA."
i can't wait to sit and listen to the various happenings in your respective lives. i trust that you are well.
see you soon.