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Fun and Frolic in Pushkar
the tempo of business goes down, the men folk turn to merriment, for
the day of the camel sports is at hand. Camel races are the first event.
Usually a lumbering beast of burden, the camel all decorated in finery,
imagines itself to be an ostrich, and rushes through the race like one.
Then comes the event analogous to musical chairs. Here, as the music
stops, the camel is supposed to manage to stick its long arching neck
between two poles, each camel owner guiding its entrant by means of
a silken cord attached to its nose ring.
Vying for the first pace in the beauty contest, splendidly bedecked camels are bought to the ring and paraded to catch the critical eye of keen judges. The gait of the camel, the choice of its equipment and ornament, its capacity to interpret and carry out commands and the variety of pranks it is capable of performing are the criteria of selection. The most thrilling camel event is 'laadoo oonth'. see how much weight the camel can can carry, man after man clamber onto the ridge-like back of the camel, each clutching at the other to retain the collectively precarious position. It is not an uncommon sight to see the human cargo come crashing down as the camel tries to get to its feet! It is yest to be known if this is the intention of the camel.