viva sao joao

on june 24th, we celebrated the sao joao festival in goa.
the festival when you drink feny and jump in wells.
while locals were vague about its origin
everyone knew it was about john the Baptist.
so you put jumping in well with the baptism ritual together
and you think you know about the festival.
but it is not just that…

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there were so many details to take into account.
the flower crowns and only the men jumping in the well
while the girls were poured buckets of water instead.
at one time we walked inside what felt like the rainforest
where some ritual was taking place,
i wished this was my field of research…

but one can only have so many interests
so until i get to read more on this festival
i am glad to have been a part of it this year.

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iBuy Books

walked into a book sale on my birthday this year
while i had just bought three second hand books only three days ago
i got three more at this place in candolim
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(last pic by rongcup)

i keep buying books
because i like to read
from fiction to autobiography
poetry and folklores
i enjoy reading ’em all

i also buy books
because i like to collect them
because i thought i would build a library someday
(and my personal collection could be a contribution)

i read books
i buy books
i collect books
because one day when i die
the only thing i can leave perhaps
is a rich assortment of books
whether i get to build a library or not.