Sunday, 29 August 2021

DIWALI 21




when I finally awoke, Mohali north/Punjab
that late October afternoon in 2008
it felt like I was in a dream
I had slept for 2 days
jet-lag - redefined

I was OUT of it
surreal 

it was their eve of Diwali, a yearly thing
kinda like our halloween & christmas
rolled together over 5 days/nights
feeling like it was late summer
in November

it was magic












turning on the giant flatscreen
in my ornate/cheese driven Indian '3 star' hotel room
"the Majestic" in west Mohali

(lotsa gold crown inlays, purple velvet drapes & shit)


a large bug lurking in a crevice
coming out from a wanky cool shower
because hot is not an option
collapsing on my king bed

Thalaiva was on, a classic - a slow hypnosis 
sitting damp/towel, watching it for the longest time 
the whole movie - to the credits
thinking 'wow, bollywood is frikkin' cool!'
AND ... the thread count of these sheets

impressive

I felt like royalty
and was treated
as such

dress, downstairs, restaurant
window seat, coffee sir?  YES!
coffee arrives.  "what's going on here?"
asking, curious

"It's the Diwali sir"
stepping outside - BAM
surreal

welcome to India
smells like curry everywhere
welcome to Diwali 21

a once in a lifetime
kind of thing



I A I  2 1
volume up




optimized for night vision




















almost November
feels like late summer here
warm, fragrant
getting dark at 5pm wow
balmy breeze, lovely

smoke, orange lanterns, contained fires
musky fragrances, stray dogs, gifts & costumes
fireworks

3 days to get here
and 2 months to go
I think so



watch/listen to ONE LIFE here



from the 3 part mini-series DIWALI 21




collaborating artists/film-makers credited
in YouTube (to the best of my ability)
you are many












remixes by jim lamarche


assembled in photoshop, logic audio & final cut


featuring the Roland System 8

 read more of Jim's blog posts here 


listen to the album ONE LIFE  >>>  HERE
(play all)




DIWALI 21
a celebration of India & the world











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