India for AJWS {Part 2}

We ended the trip with an excursion to the city of Cochin in tropical Kerala, a southern seaside state, where the highlight was encountering a magical musical procession with elephants (scroll down for the video clip I took on my phone, if you like!). Cochin is a melange of cultures, as befits an old port city. The oldest living Jewish woman resides there, and is taken care of by a Muslim man and a Catholic cook! Beautiful, no? See if you can identify her below.

Lastly we got a taste of vibrant Bombay, which was amazing. I would have loved to spend more time there. I'll simply have to return! Don't miss my first post for the full story.

 My favorite human rights CEO, Robert Bank (left), and his partner Alan Cohen, a dedicated social services officer. 

My favorite human rights CEO, Robert Bank (left), and his partner Alan Cohen, a dedicated social services officer. 

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 Sarah Cohen (right), one of the last Paradesi Jews in Cochin.

Sarah Cohen (right), one of the last Paradesi Jews in Cochin.

 Bombay!

Bombay!

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 The man in the striped polo is Bharat Kinger, in his element, telling bawdy jokes and leading the group as our wonderful tour guide. His joking nature belies a deeply intellectual and spiritual core. Loved getting to know him. 

The man in the striped polo is Bharat Kinger, in his element, telling bawdy jokes and leading the group as our wonderful tour guide. His joking nature belies a deeply intellectual and spiritual core. Loved getting to know him. 

 Lastly, here I am, so happy with my samosa. {photo by Bharat Kinger}

Lastly, here I am, so happy with my samosa. {photo by Bharat Kinger}