Two Kings and a Wedding

King Cobra … of the Red Centre
somewhere north of Oodnadatta
From him even the monkeys scatter

And King Scoob De Dude . . .
the Yogi Master of Mind-Under-Matter

Retired 80’s Reggae band leader
of ‘King Scoob & the Safari Suits’
on one last reunion tour of India

Where they played their unique brand
of Jamaican style Disco-Punk fusion at the wedding of Shantanu & Akanksha in Delhi.
Congratulations to the exhalted Maharaja and the new Maharani of Agra

Now for the party . . .

“Dress Code! Wait a minute Mr. Doorman.
How much for those shiny shoes of yours?”

“If I said you had a beautiful sari
would you hold it against me …?” ~K.C.

“Ha! Yes . . . I mean NO!”

Despite the loss of his natty dreadlocks
(confiscated by order of the Department
of Sanitation) King Scoob still has it!
When the King does his thing with that crazy white man safari suit dance, leaving the audience stunned and in a trance, the support act doesn’t stand a chance . . .

. . . The support act
‘King Cobra and the Mongoose’
Infamous for their cover versions
of Jimi Hendrix hits …. unplugged

“K.C. & the Sometimes Band”, as their fans
affectionately refer to them, were once a trio (just like ‘The Jimi Hendrix Experience’
… only unplugged) till Pratik packed up his
genuine Indian teak didgeridoo, and went off on a Himalayan trek. Plus, he and the Mongoose hated each other (“Creative differences”, as they say in the industry). Sadly, Pratik hasn’t been seen since … ?

Back to the Royal Wedding Reception
The catering was remarkable … and clean
The plates were remarkably clean of food

Even the Croquembouche was deconstructed
. . . and decidedly sparse!

Followed up by a spicy curry sorbet for desert

Compliments to the Head Chef

Five o’clock in the morning & the young
Maharaja decrees the party keep going.
But the Best Man, in his complimentary
hotel slippers, seems to have other plans.

On the road again the very next day
with transport fit for royalty
the two kings are soon on their way . . .

But alas, the Maharaja would not loan
the Kings of Quirk his two white horses.
So a less fuel efficient alternative was
soon found . . .

to get through the crosstown traffic

of every description.

For a consultation . . .

with the High Swami of Much Substance

under the Bo Tree of Realisation
. . . that size really does matter

in avoiding an open toe footwear splatter

. . . or the occasional impromptu inspection

( . . . The journey continues )

David & Linda Redpath ยฉ 2019
Mark & Natalie Clarebrough ยฉ 2019

104 thoughts on “Two Kings and a Wedding”

      1. There was much extravagance at Shantanu
        and Akanksha’s wedding (it really did happen).
        But being from Agra, I was surprised they held
        it in Delhi. They could’ve had it at the Palace of
        Love? Being the Maharaja and all ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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      2. I did notice, with some surprise considering
        all the tourists passing through on the way
        to the Taj. Perhaps Modi could make that a
        priority to make Agra a bit more appealing?

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      3. The gap between the poorest and the richest
        just keeps getting wider. It’s a global phenomenon.
        The tourist areas are usually well policed, to
        hide this inconvenient truth. Modi does seem
        to be focused on providing housing for the
        fortunate few. While multitudes sleep in the
        streets. I certainly hope things improve.

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  1. What a wonderful blog post … beautiful vibrant pictures, people and culture.
    Loved the cross town traffic reference.


    1. Yes, on WordPress . . .
      “It’s’s so hard to get through to you.”
      ~ Jimi Hendrix

      Thanks Don for noticing ๐Ÿ™

      A virtual visual cornucopia of delight.
      If you haven’t been to the Subcontinent yet,
      I highly recommend you pack your camera,
      and take the trip. But perhaps skip the bit, sitting
      at the feet of the Swami of Much Substance ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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      1. Well, the monkey was just a curious
        bystander who ran the other way
        as soon as I picked the snake up ๐Ÿ
        But I was informed later that the snake
        charmers often have the fangs removed.
        To get the King to rise up I had to stoke
        his neck. Otherwise he was just going
        to hang there all limp ๐Ÿ˜Ž


    1. Yes, we’ve had to rename the band,
      ‘King Cobra and The Wedding Crashers’.
      Complete with the uninvited masher.
      Unfortunately, the two ladies picture
      were chaperoning each other ๐Ÿ˜Ž


    1. Bojana …
      would I lie to you!?
      That cold blooded piece
      of scaley bling
      was the real thing ๐Ÿ
      The monkey dared me ๐Ÿ’
      and being an Aussie
      what else could I do? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      I was at the Monkey Temple in Jaipur,
      where the honoured residents are very affectionate. There were pet pigs, holy
      cows, cute goats, friendly feral dogs …
      even the snakes were chilled. Being a
      city of vegetarians, the local wildlife is
      super relaxed.

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  2. David, you have a unique and genuine way of sharing your life through amazing photographs and vivid words. I enjoyed experiencing a bit of your journey, but I will let you keep the King Cobra to yourself.

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      1. Please remind me when it’s published David… I’m an old man and not very good at following or keeping up with other bloggers’ / wordpressers’ work (to my detriment no doubt!) By the way I liked your visuals in that piece too!

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    1. I was strictly vegetarian, till I spent time
      in a land flowing with milk and honey …
      and not much else. It does help when
      travelling in much of Asia to not be an
      Alpha Carnivore ๐Ÿ˜Ž
      Glad you liked my Wedding Crashing Tour.

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  3. AHHHHHH!!!! What AMAZING adventures Y’all are having!!! My face hurts from smiling so hard! Cool, cool, COOL! Brilliant and Yay! Rock on, Beautiful People!!! ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ˜„โ˜€๏ธ

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    1. Very happy you liked this one, Katy โœจ๐Ÿ’›
      I’ll pass your kind comments on to
      King Scoob De Dude. The last time
      I saw him he was planning a concert
      at Mount Everest Base Camp.
      I didn’t go for fear of an avalanche.
      When the King turns up the amplification
      anything could happen ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  4. Most beautiful pics of Jaipur (Pink City)-Rajasthan,India. Oh dear David!!
    you are most kind hearted and with this enthusiastic. You have posted most lovely pics of my Jaipur. You know Ihave done post graduation and research from Rajasthan University. I can never forget that city. Your post has become that my memorandum of my lovely memories of Jaipur. When will you come again to India,dear!! Thanks for your valuable post๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

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    1. You are very welcome, Aruna ๐Ÿ™
      I did promise you a jolly Indian jaunt ๐Ÿ˜Ž
      We had a wonderful time in Jaipur and Udaipur. Would love to do a return.
      I’ll be sure to give you advance warning.
      I have more pics to post as Rajasthan
      is such a picturesque place ๐Ÿ’›


      1. Good are most welcome,dear!!when you may come to Rajasthan,i will show you here’s wonderful Hawelis(Residence),Bawadis,(Ponds)Chatriyan(umbrella of stone) made by kings and rich merchant.๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™

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      1. In a recreational fashion ๐Ÿฅด
        Smokin’ hot like a little black dress
        designed by your good self.
        Perhaps that’s where the problem started,
        the overloaded WordPress distress? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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