India’s varying grasp of English

Maybe it comes in a sippy cup?

Many hand-painted/written signs contain spelling errors. A Jaisalmer alcohol stall nearby (above) still needs some help with basic English. On the other hand, one cloth wallah has a decent marketing plan (below) for the tourists: dirty humor.

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Honey, there’s a cow in the living room

Once of these things just doesn't belong

Meet Nandoo, the resident cow at the Royale Jaisalmer, a pretty decent hotel in that wondrous desert city.

The semi-cute little guy is named after Nandi, the bull and trusty steed of the Hindu god Shiva. See below.

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A palace rises from the sand

Jaisalmer fort is just too easy. It’s also a living fort — ancient homes and businesses still reside inside the walls.

There are still plenty of firangi, but it’s not on the prime tourist circuit, either, which makes it all the more alluring.

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Snot-nosed bastard

Conquering fear

I’m still afraid of cattle. But I’m working on it.

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Evil can’t stand the spice

Warding off the bad mojo

In Hindu tradition, a hanging fetish of lime and chili pepper will ward off dark spirits. Small strands hang from doorways, vehicles, walls, etc., as above in a Bikaner kameez shop and below in the Jaisalmer fort palace.

Into the spice I command thee...

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