Thursday, April 16, 2009

Don't try this at home. Badshapur, Haryana, India.

As far as the interesting meter goes, it is hard to beat the area south of Gurgaon called Badshapur. Every time I go there I find something both fascinating and a little bit off the radar. Also, and more importantly (for the purposes of of this blog anyway), I have yet to get killed for poking around there. This time I passed a guy smoking a Hookah (also called a shisha). I pulled over and said "Ram Ram" hoping that, since the guy was older and we were in a village, he might warm up to me for using this way of greeting him. I think it worked. This does not imply, in any way, that the same may hold true for the future. Which goes to show you, it's better to be lucky than good. At any rate, Ram Ram.

About Ram Ram:
RAM is a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu.
RAM RAM, by extension became an expression used for greeting and welcoming....human beings.
Nowadays, Ram Ram is mostly heard in the countryside, where tradition is strongly alive.

About the Hookah

1 comment:

Hookah G said...

best article
Origins of the hookah come from India along the border of around 1500 Years ago. These hookahs were simple, primitive, and rugged in design, usually made from a coconut shell base and tube with a head attached. .Tombeik is a dark tobacco grown in modern day Iran Hookahs are known around the world by many different names, such as a water pipe, nargeela/nargile/narghile/nargileh, argeela/arghileh, shisha/sheesha, okka, kalyan, or ghelyoon or ghalyan.