Jesus and Mary in a Little Indian Boat

It’s Good Friday, and so why not mention this delightful little boat I pass every day? It gives passage to Baby Jesus and Mama Mary, who endlessly sail the open seas of Bangalore’s Shanthinagar district.

Of course, by “open seas” I mean a dirty, dusty, honking, traffic jam. And by “sail,” I mean sits on top of a little concrete chapel.

But what I love is how India can turn a crummy concrete chapel into something so endlessly endearing.

My only question is: why a boat? I guess only the founders of St. Mary’s Chapel Shanthinagar know why…

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