Namaste Bhuj

We are now in Bhuj, in Gujarat, where most of the film will be shot. We took the overnight train from Mumbai. Fortunately, we weren’t on this one:
bent train
The name Bhuj may ring a bell – the place suffered a terrible earthquake in 2001, wreckage from which is still apparent everywhere.
K-runch
However, a huge amount of aid flowed in afterwards, much of which went towards a very flash-looking hospital, one of the best in India I’m told. It certainly looks it. I’ll be glad it’s there when we start firing guns off the back of horses.
Bhuj hospital
Certainly beats the pants off this place:

Bhuj pathology

The region looks very dry and dusty to me, and reminded me of central Australia. Costume designer Bhakti told me, however, that it’s actually looking unusually green “because it rained last year”. And here I was worrying about malaria. Haven’t seen a mozzie yet.
The locals get around on very colourful trucks and motorbikes.

Trike

Curiously, the mirrors on this one all point at the rider. Who are those handsome devils?

Mirrors

But we get around in tuk tuks like this. Pile in!

Bus tuk tuk

The Brahmin (?) cows are everywhere, and are amazingly calm around people:

Cow pat

and vehicles:

Give way to cows

So that’s why Tyler Durden says “Calm as Hindu cows.” Tune in next time for the coolest holiday ever, the Hindu festival of colours, Holi.

1 Comment

  1. Mapooz R. Brown

    March 6, 2007 @ 2:20 am

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    Jeez that looks good. Gotta get to the Sub Continent… Where do you get the time to do all this blogging???? And that mustache gives you that movie star look. Well done and keep safe. Cheers.

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