“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”
― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
Ker and I found this beach on Masirah littered with dried sea urchin cases! We also picked up some beautiful shells. Like I need another shell!
The new Masirah ferries are almost ready. They should be running in May. It will be interesting to see how the Omani and Emirate drivers react to the yellow queuing line being painted. Up until this point, getting on and off the ferry, especially during Eid holiday has been every man, woman, child, camel and vehicle for themselves, creating one massive clusterfuck, free-for-all. Until they pre-sell tickets with a queuing order printed on the ticket, I don’t think that yellow line is going to make a bit of difference.
Some pic from our Masirah Island camping trip.
We had the full circle of life happening smack dab in the middle of our camp this weekend. Turtles laying eggs, babies hatching and the sad reality of baby turtles getting eaten by hermit crabs. Poor Kerry was most upset by this. I could not help but laugh at her as she tried to chase away crabs. When this didn’t work, she hurled the hermit crabs (which are quite large on this beach) into the night. In the end, most of the young turtles made it into the sea, only to face a myriad of other hungry predators.
Woke early to find a turtle in our camp this weekend. She seemed to be putting the finishing touch on her nest before heading back.
Just watched the trailer for Snowpiercer, a 2013 South Korean science fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob & Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. Due out in the USA June 2014. Tilda Swinton plays the lead villain, (based on Ayn Rand?), in a dystopian frozen climate changed world with a looming class war in the mix. I,m there!
"The Gulabi Gang is an extraordinary women’s movement formed in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. This region is one of the poorest districts in the country and is marked by a deeply patriarchal culture, rigid caste divisions, female illiteracy, domestic violence, child labour, child marraiges and dowry demands. The women’s group is popularly known as Gulabi or ‘Pink’ Gang because the members wear bright pink saris and wield bamboo sticks. Sampat says, “We are not a gang in the usual sense of the term, we are a gang for justice.”
The Gulabi Gang was initially intended to punish oppressive husbands, fathers and brothers, and combat domestic violence and desertion. The members of the gang would accost male offenders and prevail upon them to see reason. The more serious offenders were publicly shamed when they refused to listen or relent. Sometimes the women resorted to their lathis, if the men resorted to use of force.
Today, the Gulabi Gang has tens of thousands of women members, several male supporters and many successful interventions to their credit. Whether it is ensuring proper public distibution of food-grains to people below the poverty line, or disbursement of pension to elderly widows who have no birth certificate to prove their age, or preventing abuse of women and children, the Pink sisterhood is in the forefront, bringing about system changes by adopting the simplest of methods - direct action and confrontation.
Although the group’s interventions are mostly on behalf of women, they are increasingly called upon by men to challenge not only male authority over women, but all human rights abuses inflicted on the weak.”
Fuck yeah! Sign me up.
Miscellaneous scenes from this week’s camping trip with Kamal including a couple of critter rescues. For fishing vids, go to aguanerviosa.tumblr.com