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  TISRA PRAHAR
MARU MAHIMA
KACCHIMITRA
PATRIKA
DAINIK BHASKAR
PATRIKA
PATRIKA
PATRIKA
PATRIKA


Rajasthan & Gujarat
12/1996-03/1998
newspaper articles
SELECTION


  India
15/04/1998
MAYA
cultural-political magazine


  Rajasthan
04-05/1998
RAJASTHAN VIKAS
govt. issue


 

" ... In reply to as what compelled Jyoti to leave his sophisticated life back home he replies in chaste Hindi: ‘Do din ka mela phir mar jana‘ (The life will last for two days then we shall die). He is a bit philosophical and speaks his mind. ... "

Shipra Mathur

 

  India
22/07/1998
THE TIMES OF INDIA
newspaper
www.thetimesofindia.com


  Sweden
10/1998
VAGABOND
travel magazine
www.vagabond.se


  India
12/1998
SWAGAT
Indian Airlines magazine
www.mediatransasiaindia.com


    PATRIKA
BIK. BHASKAR
....
PATRIKA
NYH.BR. INDIEN


Rajasthan & Sweden
01/1999-05/1999
newspaper articles
SELECTION


India
09/1999
KADAMBINI
(Hindustan Times)
cultural magazine
www.htmedia.in

 
Read: Extract from the article in KADAMBNI  

Extract from the article in KADAMBNI by Kaneez Bhatti
Department of Tourism, Art & Culture, Rajasthan - Jaipur


"To see two foreigners dressed like Gurjar coming into my office surprised me a lot. And I was much more surprised to see them, after greeting me and taking seat in front of me, start to express their questions in Hindi! I'm quite used to seeing many foreigners indeed but with these two, I felt just as if it was an ordinary Gurjar couple from any Rajasthani village, I was speaking to! ... This urged me to ask them how they decided to embrace the Rajasthani Gurjar culture and what they liked so much of it so that they also learnt how to speak Hindi so well, and Jyoti speaks Hindi even better than Hindi speakers themselves.
  ... It's as if Jyoti and Nashi have something not completed here from theirs past lives, which takes them here where their souls are attached. This must be the reason of their love for Rajasthan and its people, which is so strong that every time their visa expires, they become so sad that it seems like they are being forced away from their own home.
  We are dreaming of going from village to town, from town to big city and from big city to foreign countries and these people from abroad have come to our villages. It looks as if the time is near when people of western cultures ... tired of modernization and mechanization comes backwards looking for fresh air, genuine food and space. It is as if it's nature's law that after reaching the highest top of knowledge, human being has to come back to where all began."

(Extract freely translated by Jyoti from an article in Hindi printed in KADAMBNI magazine Sept 1999)



  India
10/1999
JETWINGS
Jet Airways magazine
www.jetairways.com


    DAINIK BHASKAR
DAINIK BHASKAR
DHYANDIP
DAINIK BHASKAR
DAINIK NAVJYOTI
PATRIKA
DAINIK NAVJYOTI


Rajasthan
01/2000-03/2000
newspaper articles
SELECTION


      Sweden
08/2000
KVINNOR.NET
Internet woman magazine
www.kvinnor.net


    DAINIK BHASKAR
PATRIKA
GUJARAT SAMACHAR
DAINIK BHASKAR
DAINIK YUGPAKSH
PATRIKA
DAINIK BHASKAR


Rajasthan & Gujarat
11/2000-05/2001
newspaper articles
SELECTION


 

"I came to think about a very old kind of embroidery that I found by chance in a village ..."

article by Nashi

 

    Sweden
09/2001
NYH.BREV INDIEN
Newsletter Empatum AB
www.empatum.se


    Rajasthan
23/11/2001
DAINIK BASKAR
newspaper

INTERVIEWS

DAINIK NAVJYOTI
HINDUSTAN TIMES
SAKHARI UTTHAN - Bhopal

Rajasthan & Madhya Pradesh
11/2001-02/2002


 

Jyoti and Nashi are appearing in papers and magazines not only in India or Sweden, but in other parts of the world too, giving interviews to press-writers, freelance journalists, travel-photojournalists and authors of guidebooks etc. from London and Belgium to San Francisco and South America.


  Belgian editor San Van de Veire and her photographer from Spain


 

"I am aware that the rules of time and space have been erased, the question of where and when we are, could be answered in various ways. ..."

article and photo by Nashi

  Sweden
03/2002
SYDASIEN
Socio-political-cultural Magazine
about South Asia
www.sydasien.se


 

"A Women Tour
to colourful Rajasthan"


... in February 2003
guided by Nashi ...

"... to get to know and understand the Indian women's situation both in the countryside and in towns..."

Organized by
Äventyrsresor travel agency
in collaboration with
DN newspaper (Sweden)

 

  Sweden
18/09/2002
DN
Daily newspaper
www.dn.se


  Sweden
2002
INDIEN.NU
Website
www.indien.nu


  Nashi on Smarika cover photo

India
11/2002
PUSHKAR MELA SMARIKA
Almanac of Pushkar Camel Fair


  Lucas Iturriza from MarcoPolo Magazine, Argentina
Lucas Iturriza - photographer, Buenos Aires - Argentina    www.photonomada.com

 
 
See: Lucas Ilturriza's photos of Jyoti & Nashi  
Photos by Lucas Ilturriza
 


    BW-KISH BHASKAR
DAINIK BHASKAR


Rajasthan
11/2002-03/2003
newspaper articles
SELECTION


  FANTOMEN BOR
I KAZAKSTAN


Sweden
2003
Book PANGEA.NU
publisher: Tiden


    HUFVUDSTADS-
BLADET


Finland
11/01/2004
newspaper
www.hbl.fi


 
... "a unique bridge between two cultures."


www.granslosaresor.se

Sweden
4/2004
VAGABOND
Travel magazine
www.vagabond.se


Sweden 6-8/2004 STORMURBLADET Horseriding magazine
www.stormur.nu


 
"As Unique As it Gets
- Jyoti and Nashi, the European Gurjars"



India
6/2004
GO NOW
Travel magazine
www.gonow.in


    WOMEN TOUR 2004
www.granslosaresor.se

India
DAINIK BHASKAR
03/12/2004


"A group of Swedish tourists tries
their hand at Rajasthani recepie ... "


HINDUSTAN TIMES
12/11/2004
newspapers


 

      India
12/2004
Heaven on earth PUSHKAR
THE HOLY PUSHKAR

Boklets about Pushkar


 

   
  " ... In stark contrast is Jyoti ... He refuses to talk in English, calls his wife lugai (the local word for wife) and teaches local traditions and customs to the tourists. ..."

Namrata Joshi
  PUSHKAR
'A CARNEVAL'

India
28/11/2005
OUTLOOK
Cultural-political magazine
www.outlookindia.com


"... Jyoti and Nashi love this people, and it is returned because they have fully accepted the way of life here, and they are a 'key' to access a distant world that lies just a few km far from Pushkar where many tourists arrive but then stop ...and don’t go further.
   I have still inside me the voice of the valley which says there is Jyoti... Jyoti and Nashi have come... "
 

Donatella Scalabrino

Italy
01/2006
MEDICINAOMEOSINERGETICA.NET
Website
www.medicinaomeosinergetica.net

 
Read: Donatella Scalabrino's article  

(free translation)

"At the ‘Fair of the East’ for two coins my father bought a little mouse"
   I’ve this old song’s refrain in my mind since I decided to go to the fair… "Pushkar Mela", the camel fair (and of horses and oxen), but also pilgrimage to the lake.
   A camel used to cost 2000 Indian rupies, today it costs 15000, but the number of camels has declined by 50%. For how long will the Pushkar valley be the gathering and meeting place of people and animals? The camel men with their carts carry whatever goods in towns and outside. The camels, with their wavy and calm walking and more or less ornate and decorated, overlook almost everything, competing with the elephants.
   The valley starts to be filled up, the camel shepherds are arriving from afar… the color of the turbans sometimes reveal their provenience.
   I remember when in the roads of Messina [Sicily] carts were seen with the big and strong oxen that carried whatever goods, as did Don Nino, who with his horse and cart was doing transfer of houses.
   The horses and oxen have disappeared, substituted by vans they remain only in my memory........

   In the camel world, who is guiding me is Nashi. I met her in Jaipur, she was dressed in the beautiful attires of the cow shepherd cast Gurjar. She is Swedish, her husband is Sicilian, their share this way of life in the village Devnagar, they are loved and respected, they speak Marwari and Hindi.. With them, all is much easier; it is like to have a special key which opens secret doors!!
   We have given to stitch a long tucked black seven meters wide skirt and bought a veil, Nashi explains me that all the meters are needed for the wideness and she make me try many times to sit correctly squatting down: the material gathered behind becomes a pillow and it shouldn’t be possible to catch a glimpse of any part of the body, only the feet remain out.
   I am clumsy and hampered in the movement, but my efforts are appreciated.
   The people get curious and the women who we meet ask Nashi from where I come. She replies that I come from Jyoti’s country, because he too is from Sicily. He is living in India since 25 years. They met 10 years go. She was arrived just since two months and wanted to go to the Indian villages to meet the women. Jyoti gave her his experiences, but those of a man is different from those of a woman so Nashi had to find alone the right ways and the codes to interact and to be accepted in this universe.
   A marvelous world… that gets to be known in the same way as a child learns how to read.. Behaviour codes simple and common to all permit the recognition of the individuals, the clothes and jewellery show from where they come and their cast (which is nothing else than the birth of a person - to be clear, if you are borne Sicilian you can’t be Roman. With the British, "the cast" became discriminating or discrimination, but this topic would require a separate space, so let us skip it).
   So, after the first round in the valley to meet the camel shepherds Raika/Rabari, we sit down under the tent with Harji Ram and his wife Soti who came back to the fair after 22 years and she tell us how she finds it different, less animals.. She is worried about it… She does not let anybody to photograph her.. She is very, very elegant.

   We have decided to go to the village Nand, which is around half an hour by road from Pushkar.
   It doesn’t take much to meet with the rural India, that one that looks like to be part of Middle Ages. Houses of mud and cow dung, simple and neat with an inner courtyard, the children and animals, especially goats, live together.
   I am fascinated, in the air there is a simple elegance: it may feel like a paradox but it isn’t.
   Every movement has its ritual: from the grassing of the goats, to the fetching of water, or the preparation of food.
   They offer me food, there is fresh-hot bread and a cauliflower stew. I eat with the right hand without ever using the left one… They offer me water to drink, I refuse it since that is the only and unique precaution I adopt when I travel, so I think that maybe, "for respect", it is better not to misuse the water washing the hands with the water given to drink. I thank her. She then, goes to Nashi and tells her that I did eat but then I didn’t wash my hands!!!!
   It is a misunderstanding and she thinks that I am not a very clean person, but Nashi explains her what was my intention so she smiles sweetly at me.
   I tell this small episode because it is very important to have someone who helps you to enter in a different world, and they too amused put forward many questions about me.
   They are happy to see me with the skirt. Why do those women use to dress like men? ..How is the country where I come from? ..How far is it? ..Are there camels there??
   Jyoti and Nashi love these people, and it is returned because they have fully accepted the way of life here. They are a "key" to access a distant world that lies just a few km far from Pushkar where many tourists arrive but then stop …and they don’t go further.
   I have still inside me the voice of the valley which says there is Jyoti…Jyoti and Nashi have come… the voice of the valley run on the sand…

             Donaji
   In this way they (the Indians) abbreviate my too long and difficult name Donatella Scalabrino

(Article appeared in March 2006 in a temporary cultural section at www.medicinaomeosinergetica.net)



   
India 11/2006 DAINIK BHASKAR

WOMEN TOUR 2005 and 2006
www.granslosaresor.se

Sweden
VETERANEN
05/2006
Monthly paper of SPF
(Swedish Association for retired people)
www.veteranen.se


 

  

India 02/2007 DAINIK BHASKAR - RAJASTHAN PATRIKA - RAJASTHAN PATRIKA
 

Articles appearing during the 'International Festival of Short Films on Culture' in Jaipur 11-13 February 2007 where the documentary film about Jyoti and Nashi "U-turn at Pushkar" by Himmat Singh Jadeja got the National Best Film Award.



 
   
WOMEN TOUR 2007
www.granslosaresor.se
 
India 10/2007
RAJASTHAN PATRIKA (Ajmer Edtn)
RAJASTHAN PATRIKA (Bangalore Edtn)
DAINIK BHASKAR

 
See: The group photo printed in the article  
Women Tour group 2007



  WOMEN TOUR
www.granslosaresor.se

Sweden
11/2007
MÅ BRA
Health magazine
www.mabra.com


 

In a 12 page article about Pushkar and it's surroundings, one full page is dedicated to the story of Jyoti and Nashi, leading from their first years in India to the recent time settling in a village in the Pushkar valley. Illustrated with a photo of Jyoti.


    India
08/2008
ONE INDIA ONE PEOPLE
Cultual-political magazine
www.oneindiaonepeople.com


 

"Shepherds – the people everybody forgets about"

article and photos by Nashi


Sweden
10/2009
FJÄRDE VÄRLDEN
Magazine about the world's minorities
www.f4world.org





Radio



 

Swedish National Radio channel P3
 


3rd December 2000. The Swedish National Radio channel P3 broadcasted an interview with Jyoti and Nashi as part of the program Transit.

 
Jyoti and Nashi interviewed in Sweden
 

 

Sveriges National Radio channel P4
 


16th of May 2002. The Swedish National Radio channel P4, invited Nashi as India expert proposed by the Swedish Embassy in Delhi, to comment during the Program Efter 3, the extraordinary wave of heat inundating the Indian Subcontinent those days. Meanwhile a meteorologist focused on the climatologic aspects, Nashi gave clarification about the concrete life and the conditions faced by the people of India in such extreme circumstances.

 

 

Swedish National Radio channel P1
 


29th June 2005. The Swedish National Radio channel P1 broadcasted a reportage on Nashi, her Women Tour to Rajasthan and the meeting with the women of India, on the program Gender. This was produced by the radiojournalist Karin Svennem which partecipated in the tour of Nov-2003.

 






















TV & Film



  http://www.tv4.se
TV4 - Pangea.nu
 

In February 2001, a team from TV4 Sweden reached Jyoti and Nashi to make a reportage about their life in the desert of Rajasthan.

The reportage was broadcasted in April 26th 2001 as part of the program PANGEA.NU.

  Nashi interviewd by Swedish TV4 –   February 2001
Vedi: Il reportage su TV4 svedese - 2001  
 
  THE BIRD'S Institute of Mass Media Communication   Jyoti and Nashi interviewed in Pushkar
 


In November 2001 the Director Himmat Singh Jadeja (THE BIRD'S Institute of Mass Media Communication - Jaipur) documenting the Pushkar Camel Fair, expressively requested Jyoti and Nashi to tell their story in front of an Indian video camera. He dwelled extensively on their project of preserving the knowledge of traditional textile and embroidery.


 
International Festival of Short Films on Culture (IFFC)  

The result of the footage on Jyoti and Nashi, the documentary short film named ‘U-turn at Pushkar’, won the Best National Film Award at the International Festival of Short Films on Culture (IFFC) held in Jaipur 11-13 February 2007, organized by IIMC (Indian Infotainment Media Corporation) together with the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan.

"The idea of the Festival is to understand culture of other parts of the world and to unite the world culture with a goal to bring together the entire humanity devoid of any caste, colour or creed, and to showcase Indian culture to the world ..." (IFFC)

 

A total of 117 films from all over the world were screened.

     Best National Film: ‘U-turn at Pushkar&Rsquo; by Himmat Singh Jadeja – India
     Best International Film: ‘Malankaya (Tiny) Katerina&Rsquo; by Ivan Golovnev – Russia
     Best Film on Religion: ‘The Holy Duels of Hola Mohalla&Rsquo; by Vani Subramanian – India
     Best Narrative: ‘The Bride of the Sky&Rsquo; by Mehdi Abdollahi – Iran
     Best Experimental Film: ‘White Swan&Rsquo; by Ingela Hageman – Sweden
     Best Film by a Student: ‘A Fisherman&Rsquo; by Vyacheslav Semenov – Russia
     Best Animation: ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart&Rsquo; by Christoph Kellner – Germany
     Special Jury Award for a Film on Rajasthan: ‘Eco-Dharma&Rsquo; by Malgorzat Skoba – India.

In the jury was Mr. Basu Chatterjee –a living legend of Indian cinema, Mr Sv Rm Ramanathan –General Secretary: Film Federation of India, Mr Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi –Member of Parliament and former Minister of Information and Broadcasting (Govt. of India), Mr. Ashok Metha –Editor of Outlook Magazine.

 
Seedlings Academy of Design, Technology and Management  

Director Himmat Singh Jadeja is teaching Film and TV technology at Seedlings Academy of Design, Technology and Management in Jaipur, affiliated to the University of Rajasthan.

See: The documentary short film ‘U-turn at Pushkar’  


  http://www.ddindia.gov.in  

In November 2001, Jyoti and Nashi were interviewed by the famous director Kamal Swaroop in a cultural documentary for the Indian national TV canal DD1, broadcasted in February 2002.

 
 

http://www.etv.co.in
http://starnews.indya.com

  Jyoti and Nashi interviewed by E–TV

 


In the end of October 2002 a team of the local Rajasthan channel E–TV interviewed Jyoti and Nashi about their life, expectations and the Project Marustali commitment. The interview was broadcasted in E–TV the 1rst November 2002 and in the national channel StarNews the next day.

Other interviews of Jyoti and Nashi were made by other TV channels and film makers during and after the Pushkar Fair in November 2002, and photos were taken by photographers from India and from around the world.

  Jyoti interviewed by EMRC, Educational Meida Research Center, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur - Rajasthan


  http://www.zeetelevision.com
http://www.zeenews.com
  Interviewed by Zee-News Oct 2003


 

Keeping very sensible of appearing on the screen, Jyoti & Nashi tend to accept only chosen interviews, refusing the majority of them.


 

   photo:  Carolyn Pemberton, UK photo: Carolyn Pemberton, UK photo: Carolyn Pemberton, UK 






 

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