Friday, August 26, 2005

Yet another Banarasi fad

Apart from chewing the beetle nut leaves the Banarasi babus are famous for their obsession for bodybuilding as is apparent from the large number of akhadaas in the city. I've already lost count of their numbers! Women are not a part of these akhaadas, by the way . Also getting permission to watch an akhaada in session is not as easy. I had to request one of the guys at the hotel to arrange it for me. It's a must see for everyone who visits Banaras. The first sight is a little repulsive though.
But a little while and I realised that it is quite a fascinating sport.

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