This morning we started our journey with a 45-minute flight from Mumbai to Goa then boarded a dilapidated bus enduring a 7 hour ride to Mundgod, a Tibetan colony in the state of Karnataka. As I write, monks are chanting vibrant prayers. Their voices are urgent as if Buddha was slipping away. A young, sunburned moon hangs low on the horizon like a shallow tea cup without its saucer.
It’s 11:30 pm. I ought to be tired but instead, I’m ecstatic to be here!
Yesterday I bought a 70-200 mm lens for my hardly-used camera. Surprisingly, I was then given a lesson by the head of Canon in Mumbai… my unexpected tutoring lasted 'til midnight! The Canon distributor, a Canon trainer, and one of their employees, spent seven hours teaching me! Such generosity would never happen in a metropolis like NYC!
India is one of those rare places where strangers can become friends over camera gear and dahl.
Suniel, from Canon who generously spent hours training me on how to use my new camera lens.