For those that have been following ultra closely you may remember that I bumped into this Rajasthani fellow in Dharamsala, north India, in the middle of the night and ended up buying some miniature silk paintings from him after looking through his rucksack collection sitting by the side of the road under a street light. There was something about him, apart from his cowboy hat and impressive moustache and the circumstances under which we met, which was memorable and endearing. Well, 2000km away, here in Pune whilst having some tea in a restaurant, who do we notice walking out of the restaurant? Yes the same guy with his hat, moustache and rucksack full of paintings… what chance!

We ended up spending the whole bizarre but wonderful evening with him talking, singing, drinking chai, eating pizza and listening to his stories and spiritual wisdom riddled with his amusing favourite phrase (used to summarise anything and everything!) “So ……… this is the real things”. We won’t forget this gentleman easily and may even pay him a visit when in Rajasthan at his ashram where he specialises in:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation & Spiritual Mantra
  • Pranic (Breath) Healing
  • Self Realisation
  • Aromatherapy
  • Vipassana
  • Crystal Healing
  • Reiki
  • 16 Kinds of Ayurvedic Therapy & Spa
  • Astrology
  • Chakra Balancing
  • Reflexology
  • Alignment
  • 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition
  • Kundalini-Awakening
  • ……….. and Shakti Path!

That is, of course, if he’s not off with his rucksack on the miniature painting sales trail somewhere else in India!

Talking of Rajasthan, you may recollect that we procured some opulent silk materials whilst in Varanasi which is famous for it’s silks. Well what you see below is no spread from some textile shop I tell you, this is the result of us getting a little carried away with the idea of silk clothes, a little loose handed with the wallet and a little lacking in foresight with regard to the means by which we’ll have to transport these around India i.e. on our backs! Anyway, we plan on making some clothes fit for a maharaja whilst in Rajasthan (the land of the royalty) so we’ve been using our spare time in Pune to assess what kind of crazy outfits we can get made. I look forward to showing you the outcomes of our foray into the realms of fashion design soon which will hopefully prove not to be a waste of such beautiful material!