Result after New Year Celebration!

 
 
This is one of the after effects after someones New Year celebration in Goa. Well, actually this is what you see all over India on a daily basis more or less. But this collection of waste looked more organised as if someone was trying to act like an artist playing around with all the waste.
End result; cows and dogs will come and destroy your work of art
 
Another more creative way to reuse waste was done by these school kids  (I assume it was created by school kids since the decoration was found next to a school area) who reused plastic bottles to convey this sweet and simple message:
 
 
The message is clear and it is the same in both cases; be aware of what waste You are held responsible for creating and do Your best to minimise it and dispose it in the best possible way in Your community. 
 
Peace☺
 

Literally a cockfight...

 
We've been on a "plot hunt" for ages now, roaming around by scooted from village to village along the beautiful west coast of India. Most of the empty land was purchased by people from Mumbai years ago; people with so much money that they don't know What to do with it. Imagine one would have such a "problem" - what would you do?
 
Suddenly while roaming around in a village area we noticed a bunch of men standing in a circle, shouting och cheering - a cockfight was going on. A Cockfight is a common activity happening in villages around in India. Men take their strongest rooster with greatest stamina, bind a sharp knife on their foot, make the rooster agitated and angry and let it fight against another rooster. And before the fight start illegal bettings is going on on which rooster they think is going to win, and hopefully come out of the fight alive. Most commonly I guess both of the rooaters will die in the end and end up on a family dining table...It was not a delightful scen to watch the roosters fight, making each other bleed to finally fall exchausted to the ground and slowly, slowly die...
 
 
 

On the other hand it was quite fascinating to be a part of the whole experience and to see how much energy that was created among all the men making bettings and cheering on "their" rooster hoping it to win. The energy level among those men was crazy!
Only imagine if all that energy was put into much important social activities how much better things could be done than making innocent animals kill each other for a simple enjoyment for men.

I would of course not want this activity to continue.  But what power do I have in my hands as an outsider to tell Them what's right or what's wrong? What is right for you might not be right for me. This is a sport that has been going on in many countries for thousands of years. And while dogs are brought up and eaten by humans in China and bullfights are still happening in Spain, how can we bring change to these awefull activities without blaming the people in these villages and telling them that what they are doing is wrong when me as an outsoder is not even a part of it. 
An animal rights activist would clearly scream out loud and try to stop those men then and there. But look at the picture as a whole. Who are you? Who are you in the whole process of the decision of righteousness?

I hope the majority in India would Not want to support this. And only and insider have to take the first step. 
 

Female rikshaw driver

We stoped an auto to ask for a ride and got a nice surprise when we saw that the rikshaw driver was a woman☺ We got a good deal on the ride and I surprised her with my simply knowledge of the local language of Kannada. And suddenly this drive became so much more interesting! She shared a part of Her life story and told us how she is making a living by having an open restaurant at midnigt and early mornings and that a French woman bought her the rikshaw. Since there are not many female rikshaw drivers they also face alot of judgements such as "women can't drive" and telling her why she's not doing other more "typical women's work".
But her story just made my day and I told her that she's a great inspiration, not just to other women but to society as a whole, and that she should not listen to all negative comments but insted stay strong and keep fighting. She's a great example of how to bring change into this world!

Lots of Love to all women out there who are fighting on a daily basis for their equal right to a righteousness living.  
 
Peace out☺