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Another Christmas on the Road

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Two years ago, in South East Asia, we were both surprised and delighted to stumble across a Vietnamese folksong that waxed lyrical about the wondrous gifts a young suitor could deliver on the back of his moped. This traditional ditty, titled “Me and My Moped Lover,” was set to the well-known western melody of, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and we are certain that you all remember this iconic photo of twelve pigs in cages.
There are relatively few mopeds in India so we had no reason to believe that the song had been translated into Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, or any other of the 22 official, (and 3,500 unofficial), languages. However, throughout our journey, we have been astounded by the huge loads being transported by tricycle rickshaws like this...
and this...
Therefore, we weren’t completely surprised when we learned that the Indians had their very own song about Christmas gift giving. What is remarkable is that it is also set to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Can you believe that???
It’s called, “Me and My Rickshaw Lover,” and we would like to thank Sharron Bertchilde for helping with the translation.

Me and My Rickshaw Lover

, (Trad. India - Anon.)
On his tricycle rickshaw my true love brought to me:
Twelve .. Ducks a quacking
Eleven .. Sacks of cow dung
Ten .. Lakhs of rupees
Nine .. Bales of cotton
Eight .. Bags of concrete
Seven .. Saree’d schoolgirls
Six .. Dhobi wallahs
Five .. Chests of tea
Four .. Yoga teachers
Three .. Holy Sadhus
Two .. Bleating goats
And a Sikh with a Chri..st ..mas tree.

Now we want to join with these very lovely ladies, and a Hindustani Santa, in wishing you Season's Greetings from southern India.
"Happy Christmas Everyone and Best Wishes for 2011"
Jim and Sheila

Posted by Hawkson 16:32 Archived in India

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Wishing you a very merry Christmas. If you can't get a turkey dinner perhaps you'll find some butter chicken there. Best, Janet and Tony.

by janet

What a fabulous Christmas card!!!
Can't remotely touch that but offer our best to you both for Christmas and 2011.

by R and B

Sheila and Jim! its just wonderful to see you both having a exciting holiday - exploring and finding time to share your travel adventures and experiences. We really wish you were with us this Christmas. Loads of love and a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR. Jose, Jenny, Nicky, Natasha, Naithen and Neal

by Jenny Jose

God bless you... keep on living the dream... The very merriest of Christmas' to you both... We will raise a very large glass to our globe-trotting family... best of the season and the happiest of new year's... Cheers, Terri and Paul.

by Terri and Paul

A very, very happy holiday to both of you. What a unique way to celebrate. We are in rainy, grey, windy Vancouver for a 2nd xmas this year. We were fortunate to have an early xmas with Heather, Ally and Sam in Winnipeg in early Dec.
Enjoy your feast, whatever it may be....

by Sharron Harv

Love your christmas photo with santa.Your beaming faces say it all- you are having a wonderful time. Merry Christmas Sheila and Jim.
As always, Trudy

by Trudy

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