1.11.14: Sholay and Shops

Morning: sleep in at the very cozy Hotel Temple on Ganges while the rain pours down outside. (Note: judging by the incessant lowing outside the window, the cows of Varanasi don’t especially like being out in the pouring rain.)

Afternoon: enjoy the three-and-a-half hour 3D re-release of the mind-blowing 1975 masala western Sholay (best Indian film of all time according to the British Film Institute!)  at a cinema where everybody talks, takes calls on their cell phones, walks around and has pizza delivered to their seat during the movie!

Night: walk around the twisty-turny streets of the old city and admire the tiny shops selling everything from kite supplies to custom blended scents (sunflower for Paolo; nightflower for Lisa) to sweets (including our new obsession piste barfi) to basically whatever else you would ever need, want or require.


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Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr travel the world, sharing movies and music with the masses. At home in Los Angeles, they facilitate community screenings and workshops at the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit media arts organization.

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