Saturday, May 03, 2008
Chotu Motu in Barcelona - Part 2
Long overdue. This been sitting in draft for a few days but no time right now, so sort of half baked.
"What in the world is that contraption?"
"Sagrada Familia. Church of Sacred Family"
"I have never seen a church like this one"
"Yeah, its the most visited attraction in this city apparently"
"I wouldn't call it an attraction but yes, I can see why people want to see this"
"You reckon this guy must have been a little off?"
"A little? Way off man"
"Wonder how they let him get away with it"
"Anything in the name of the Lord I guess. Though to be fair to them, they did get him killed by pushing him under a tram or something so that he wouldn't build the thing"
"Didn't quite work no? They are still building it"
"Where were the anarchists? Weren't they supposed to be against this sort of nonsense?"
"Good point. No idea why they didn't strip this"
"They probably did and Franco put it all back. Who knows?"
"Dude, what's that green thingy at the top?"
"What green..yeah, I see it"
"You don't want to know. Guidebook claims its a cypress tree. Look at it!"
"And all those things hanging all over the place - they are all supposed to be trees and leaves"
"No. You know what this looks like with all stuff coming out here and there? You remember those Bactrian camels in Lincoln Park Zoo? When they in the process of shed their skin or whatever"
"I know. I wonder what all these people are admiring. They all seem entranced"
"Nonsense. They are all thinking the same thing just can't voice it in front of their guides"
"Guidebook says the other side is cleaner"
"This thing could do with some cleaning alright. Lets go check it out"
Chotu Motu start walking around to the other side.
"Coach tour territory"
"Coach in Barcelona. These Americans are crazy"
"Well, those people look very Gujju to me"
"No its not"
"It is only. Dude, check this out!"
"Wow, I like this"
"I know. Is this the same structure?"
"Yes but Gaudy man had nothing to with it apparently. New chap still building stuff. Controversial design, they say"
"I can see why. But I love it"
"It is quite cool. I love the Giant Robot Jesus"
"Of course! Giant Robot. That's what it is"
"But I like the soldiers better. Look at them! Too cool, no?"
"Obviously a certain Mr Lucas thought so too"
"Hey, listen. That guide is talking in Hindi!"
"Not surprising, is it?"
"No, shh. I want to listen"
"I don't actually"
"We know why. Because you will think its Spanish. Shut up now"
Chotu walks with the Gujju-looking Amru group while Motu walks up and down shooting pictures. A few minutes later.
"Ah, you are back. I was beginning to think they are going to adopt you or something"
"Enough. You have no idea what that chap is saying"
"What is he saying?"
"Well, its not his fault. Poor chap. All aunties asking him why the things on this facade is so different from the other one"
"Chap tells them its because nobody knows how this new facade is getting built. Apparently apna hero died under the tram without finishing it. So he comes back from the dead when no is around and carves up these things"
"Stop making things up. That's my job"
"I am not making things up"
"You don't know Hindi or I don't know Hindi?"
"I am telling you that's what he said. Not lying. You come and listen to him"
"And that would help because?"
"What can I do if you don't know the language?"
"For one, you can stop talking nonsense"
"If you say so. But its true"
Oh, before you go, bonus: the original Gaudi where the helmet people first appeared. You will have a look a little hard to find them but they are there alright