All that sparkles – Sarees and simple lives

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Sarees hang on the line in Savusavu

It is always worth taking a bit of a walk off the beaten track if you are staying in Fiji.  To me, it seems that there is the Fiji that many Fijians think that travellers want to see, and the other Fiji, which is intensely interesting but not normally on display.  When staying in Savusavu, you can take a walk out of town towards the Daku resort along the waterfront.  It is really beautiful, with a community of people living right across from the ocean.  Many of the community are Indo-Fijian (Fiji’s population of approximately 900,000 is almost half Indo-Fijian).

From taking a bit of a stroll, you can learn so many things about how people really live.  The water flowing from the pipe will be waste water from the kitchen or bathroom, which flows down a corrugated iron drain, into the gutter, and to the sea.  The family keeps chickens, as most Indian semi-rural or rural families do, as it is a custom that when family arrives, you should feed them only the best, so a fresh bird is needed for lunch or dinner.  I love sarees, and the women always look so beautiful.  When you go to a wedding or function, you would think that all the ladies and girls lived in palaces by the way they sparkle!  However, many of them live in very simple homes, and live very physical lives.  Perhaps the constant excercise also helps them look great in a saree (or sari)!

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