Saffron Spillover in Trees from 2014 Indian Election

Saffron Wave spillover from 2014 Election

The perceived Pro BJP wave seems to have taken over trees too. Saffron is the colour of the Extreme right Jingoistic BJP led by charismatic Narinder Modi. These are the colours of a fresh beginning. A new dawn. People are sick of the rotting tree that is Congress.

Marigold Welcome



I had emailed my sudden decision to visit Gurudaan. Gurudaan was an independent housing complex near Gurgaon owned by a popular Guru of meditation. The complex was administered by the professional business trust of Gurudaan. Guru Disha’s office had immediately accepted me as a faith visitor and promised to help make my stay in Gurudaan memorable. Through the haze of jet lag I saw familiar flyovers and racing cars heading for unknown destinations. It was a strange day with a bright and blinding Sun I had never encountered before.

We arrived at a massive gate and a guard allowed the Toyota driven by Ravi to enter. It was a very green and clean tree lined area. This was Gurudaan.  The unique feature I noticed was the large amount of speed breakers which slowed us down and gave a dreamy fair ground quality to my ride to the Ashram. A very tall sentry with a big moustache opened the door of the car and I entered a house through a small door cut out in the big imposing gate.

A young girl in saffron stood with her arms folded in prayer and greeting and she said, ‘welcome to Gurudaan’ and garlanded me with a string of marigolds. I felt a little strange because of this ceremony. It was so simple and so, so, well, Oriental? Eastern?