Wandering Wives – Eating With The Poor In India

Author: , November 5th, 2015

Varanasi Ganges

In Varanasi the early evening streets were bustling with life, everyone was busy going here, rushing there, praying, singing, peeing, shopping, coughing and spitting. We walked in a daze, examining every bit of human behaviour out on display, wondering what stories lay behind the individuals in the crowd. We walked and walked, looking for a place to eat. I can not recall if we expected to find a McDonald’s or a Royal Tandoori Curry house, but I know we didn’t find either. Naively we had expected getting a meal in India to be a bit like Curry Mile in Manchester, but a bit more foreign, it was far from that. We could see people going into buildings but none of them looked like restaurants, were they shops? homes? temples? We had no idea. Every now and then we came across what we assumed was an eating establishment, people called to us “Hello mam, come in, take a seat, eat here!” Being new to the Indian experience we were petrified of contracting Delhi-belly and still sanitizing our hands every half hour. We had no idea of the accepted hygiene standards and dismissed most of the places we passed.

Varanasi marketAfter what may have been decades walking without any sign of the afore mentioned Curry Mile, we made the decision to stop at the next place which was serving food. We saw a place from across the street, it looked busy with lots of people coming and going. After some consideration, we figured if the locals were eating there it must be safe. We crossed the street and asked the price. “Oh please please, come eat with us, no charge, no charge.” said the maitre d, looking excited and ushering us in. We took our seats at a shared table and discussed how much we thought the meal would actually cost. After deciding we were now committed and we would have to pay, no matter what they charged us, we let them bring us some food.

We were served a flavoursome vegetable and potato curry with chapatis and set about using our new hand eating skills to wolf it down. The gentleman across from us agreed it was a lovely meal, he then went on to tell us it was the first time he had eaten that week. Two new diners joined us at our table, one had wooden crutches and a missing lower leg, the second looked as though he may have had polio. As we finished our meal we looked up from our table at the other people in the restaurant.  It was like a scene from a Victorian work house, every sort of street urchin and beggar you could imagine were crammed around tables, eating like their lives depended upon it…read more on Wandering Wives

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The Purple Party Returns to Dallas in May

Author: , April 28th, 2014

Dallas Purple PartyOne man’s dream of a party that would bring Dallas’ gay community together has blossomed into the Purple Party, one of the Southeast’s major dance events – and one of the largest non-profit, all-volunteer dance fundraisers in the entire country. Since 2001, the Purple Foundation has taken over the Big D for a spring danceathon that brings revelers from all over the country. This is Texas, y’all, so everything is bigger here: The parties, the venues and the smiles on the dance floor. Dallasites are proud of their big event, and they relish being able to show off their out-and-proud gay community.

“It’s not like any of the other big parties you go to,” foundation president Blake Baker told noiZe. “Everybody has a very down-home, very welcoming feeling. We really enjoy all of the people who come from different parts of the country!”

The fun begins on Friday night, May 9, when Ignite sets the town on fire, with one of the most popular DJs on the Circuit. Taking place in one of Dallas’ biggest megaclubs, Ignite has grown exponentially from a cocktail party into a Texas-sized dance party, with more than 1,500 attendees. All those (need we say it?) big men dancing to a state-of-the-art sound and light system need a lot of room – and a lot of time. This party starts early and goes late into the wee hours, so rest up before you head for the man-corral to lasso some stallion of your own.

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Cherry Dance Party Returns to DC Next Weekend

Author: , March 30th, 2014

Cherry DCCherry, a charity dance party that raises funds for HIV/AIDS, returns next weekend at various clubs throughout the District.

“Genesis” at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) is April 4 from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. with music by DJ Eddie Elias and free rail vodka from 10-11 p.m. On April 5, there are two dance parties at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.). “I love Moocy” is from 2-7 p.m. and features music by DJ Joe Gauthreaux. Later in the night, DJ Paulo spins tracks for “Emergence” from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. featuring the Tribal Bitch and DJ Twin. And on April 6, “Ascendance” is at Tropicalia (2001 14th St., N.W.) from 3:30-9:30 a.m. with DJ Alain Jackinsky and DJ Mike Reimer.

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