Monday, December 11, 2006

What You Find In Rajasthan

We just rolled into the Western Rajasthan city of Jodhpur last night. It's been a lot of moving around considering we left Varanasi on the eight and this is our first full day in one city. Bodh Gaya was great, though Bihar (the state it is in) was not so nice. It's known as the "lawless land" of India. It's noisy, busy, polluted, and has horrible roads which are honestly more pot-hole than actual road. But despite all that, Bodh Gaya is amazing. Because it's the place where the Buddha gained enlightenment it's a huge pilgramige site. It's amazing to see monks from all different countries there together.
After that we had a long car ride and then a 26 hour train ride to Rajasthan. This morning Galen, Jordan, Andrew and I went out shopping for turbans. As I was trying to use the broken ATM machine Jordan ran in and told me to get outside. He ws possitive he had seen Adrien Brody go by in an auto with a film crew went out and walked down the street for a while and then to my surprise saw not only Adrien Brody, but Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman as well. Then I turned around and saw the director Wes Anderson. He's made some awesome movies like The Royal Tenenbaums and Life Aquatic. It was crazy and not at all what I expected to find in a small back street in Jodhpur. The guys were all nice and we talked to them briefly. Jason Schwartzman asked how long we've been in India and when Galen said three months, he replied: doing what, walking around? They were surprised to find we were a student group. Then we spoke to Wes Anderson about the movie briefly. It's called Darjeeling Limited (but is filmed mostly in Rajasthan?). Anyway they seemed like pretty nice guys. They're staying at the Palace where the Maharaja of Jodhpur lives as it is now partly converted into a super pricey hotel. Thankfully Jordan Gaurd had his camera with him. That made for a crazy morning.

53 comments:

cary said...

that photo kicks it big time!!! you rock!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the picture!! :D

Anonymous said...

Do you have any pictures of Wes? :D

Anonymous said...

more photos please!!

Ieda said...

Wes Anderson did not make I Heart Huckabees. But great photo.

Amelia said...

Haha...I thought Jason Schwartzman was you wearing a disguise! Maybe you could be his body double.

Tyler said...

Wes Anderson didn't direct "I Heart Huckabees." David O. Russell did. Great movie, nonetheless, and what an awesome thing to stumble across. I am really jealous.

Anonymous said...

Great photo! How odd. That would make such a great story at a dinner party or cocktail party. Yeah, I was in India and who should I stumble upon...Fucking brilliant, man.

Koola said...

Great picture, and great story. Keep enjoying your trip! Aloha from Norway.

Anonymous said...

Jealous, very jealous, HAHAHAHA that’s so funny.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great pic.

Owen Wilson seems to get messed up in every Wes Anderson movie and this one looks no different....Can't Wait for this film.

Zakari Paolon said...

Thanks for the pic, have good fun while there, you lucky person, youi!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the photo! Try to get more please!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you lucky person! Please post more photos!

Anonymous said...

duuuuuuuuude
Adrian Brody is awesome..
and i see you beat the shit out of owen Wilson

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Chick Pea said...

that is the most random picture ever

Jordan said...

THAT PHOTO ROOOOOOCKS! ITS ROOOOOOOCKS!

Bethany said...

jesse!!! it looks like your having a great time! wish i was there...email me sometime if you have the chance! talk to you soon!

Anonymous said...

Jesse - that is so RAD! It's like the holy trinity right there in your face. Wes Anderson is one of my favorite directors of all time... really neat that you saw all of those guys.

I wonder if your hair and eyebrows have grown back last I saw you with my family at Wat U mong.... very inspiring stuff... did you get the pictures I sent?

--Lanna

Anonymous said...

amazing picture...i'm surprised they haven't asked you to take it down. i bet that picture is worth money.

steve said...

The picture is nice. Rajasthan is truly worth a visit for all who wish to see India insideout.

I visited Rajasthan a few months back and was awestruck by the historical visibility that the cities and towns of Rajasthan preserve even to this day.

Holidays in Rajasthan are real fun for visitors from all parts of the globe. Whatever theme you may prefer, the state has a gratifying answer for all.

The article has good information about holiday options in the Rajasthan.

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