17 September (Sunday): Iron/tool puja

Today was an Indian festival for iron and tools and mechanical things of all kinds. We give thanks for machinery! The cars and trucks were all festooned as a part of the celebration. The construction site near the college temple became the site of a dance party.

I asked Pema the next day why he hadn’t decorated the Yonphula truck. “Oh, I did, madam!” “And then you took it all off again?” “Yes, madam!”