Sunday, April 3, 2011

Dragon breath

After the young boy has warmed up by eating a small flame, he demonstrates fire breathing.  This is more dangerous than fire eating since you risk setting fire to your entire head as well as mouth if you make a mistake.  Luckily, local laws prevent me from trying this in the Lyric Hall.  A flame this size could easily ignite the curtains and send the entire theater up in smoke.  Descriptions of theater fires from years past suggest that you would not want to be in a burning theater so I will not put any of us in that situation this memorial day weekend.  My brave young friend in Delhi survived his demonstration unscathed and is hopefully still working somewhere.  Next time you're in Delhi, stop by the slums of Shadipur depot and ask for Mangelal and party, and tell 'em Shreeyash sent you.  You might receive a warm magical welcome like this, or they might be out performing somewhere and you will just see the slum for what it is.  It's a lot less romantic than the one shown in the movie 'Slumdog Millionaire.'

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