The "Day of Silence" provides dwellers with an opportunity for the spritual rehabilitation through keeping away from worldly desires for 24 hours. Those who observe strict adherence to the ritual do not even talk during this period in addition to fasting for a day. TV stations and radio channels remain closed while lights are either kept low or turned off. Non-Hindu residents also respect these pacifying mores to show solidarity with their fellow citizens.
|Empty streets amid Nyepi|
|Raining as usual|
|No lights, please!|
The stewardess further revealed that she had been to Karachi but surprisingly she did not know the country metropolitan belongs to! Smelling our doubt, she clarified that this malfunction is common among in-flight staff as they keep hopping among cities too fast to map them with the corresponding countries! On the other couch, her husband, a big time fan of Ian Botham, was finding it hard to defend England’s recent World Cup defeat against Ireland in front of an Irish guest!
To make up for the Nyepi, Ron – the Australian owner of Dana Guesthouse – not only arranged for a bunch of movies but also offered a complimentary lunch, which he had to cook himself as the staff was off due to Nyepi. The guesthouse is run by a bunch of friendly guys and gals, living in the surrounding neighborhood, including Putu and Krisna. The place is located in a peaceful vicinity with paddy fields around to add to the serenity.
|This picture won "The best photograph of Nyepi" Award :P|