So it happens that Kali Puja and Halloween ended up on the same day. Kali Puja (like Durga Puja) is the celebration of the return of Kali after destroying a bunch of demons and is more is apart of the Diwali celebrations. Diwali is the celebration of lights held in fall and is the celebration of good over evil.
So Halloween was the day before Kali Puja and of to my surprise the local group of expats (there is always at least one in a major city) had a Halloween party. Of course the only people to truly dress up were the two Americans, Andy and I. Andy (the other fellow) went as a random Punjabi guy who was a victim of a drive by shooting. I putting good use to all my dupattas (shawls that women wear with most every outfit) went as a gypsy.
The Good: The food was great, and so was the rum-punch. I got to meet a bunch more people who are here working for sometime. When the DJ played music Andy, Karen, Avo (friends we've met here) and I had a great time breaking it down on the dance floor.
The Frightening: Andy and the guy who went as Hannibal Lecter could be quite shocking when you weren't expecting them.
The Ugly: The DJ when he wasn't playing music decided to make it his own personal karaoke bar. We were all held hostage listening to his version of "Love Me Tender" et al.
After the party some of us went out to Shik Sha, one of the ritzier nightclubs. I ended up dancing with a guy who was a self proclaimed choreographer, who more or less challenged me to a dance off. And As I am never one to back down from a challenge (one of my better and worse traits) stepped up to it. We danced to Magalena, this fabulous Latin song with really strong African beats. Needless to say I Zulu Kicked circles around him. . . Literally.
And another glass bangle bit the dust.
-> Andy already has pictures from this up. . . Check them out!