There are many adjectives to describe India, from incongruous and unusual to breathtaking and beautiful. I’ve come to realise that any adjectives do not do the delicious melting pot that is India justice, so I have decided to accept is as it is – India just is…
Snake charmer, New Delhi
Qutb Minar, New Delhi
Rickshaw ride in New Delhi
White brilliance, Taj Mahal
Rickshaw in Pune
The sun trying to rise and show itself through the smoke in an early winter’s morning in Mumbai
The Aga Khan Palace in Pune
Sugar cane juice stand and the some of the many motorbikes in the city
Connect: to join or fasten together, to associate or consider as related, to become joined or united.
In India, there are times of the year that are most auspicious for getting married. During these times, weddings happen 24 hours a day. This is known as “wedding season”.
Because of the traditions in North Indian Hindu weddings, the time of a wedding is determined by the availability of horses, the wedding venue and the musicians for the bridegroom’s procession known as the baraat parade.
The stated time for the ceremony is very loose because it’s dependent on many external factors – some outside the control of the wedding party.
What I understood to be outside the control of the wedding party is the time of the baraat parade. It starts at the bridegoom’s home when the horse and baraat band arrive, weary, from another baraat parade at another wedding.
The baraat parade can get very large, as the procession winds, slowly, to the wedding venue. The groom’s friends and family dance alongside him on horseback, with the band in front. The procession can get larger (and slower) as more people, presumably strangers, join in as the procession makes it’s way in the street.
I was told to be ready to travel to the wedding venue at 8pm. At the appointed time I received an SMS:
“Baraat parade not yet started”
It eventually got to the wedding venue at 11pm, when the ceremony took place.
The food was delicious, the wedding guests welcoming and friendly and the colours riotous. I loved every minute of this wedding.
This is a photo from my archives, of a bustling street scene in New Delhi. When traveling in India it is important to suspend disbelief and place complete trust in your driver. Otherwise you’ll be having mini heart attacks several times a day.
The drivers are good and know how to navigate the crazy chaotic traffic. In only a small section of road be prepared to see cars, trucks, bicycles, motorbikes, a camel, an elephant and a cow sitting nonchalantly in the middle of the road. All other vehicles just ride around it. I witnessed this scene with all these vehicles and animals in a Jaipur street. And off course, masses of people on foot.
All road users use their hooters continuously. Below is an extract from my post Hooter Tooter:
An Indian driver hooting is something completely different. A hooter is used in the way a hooter should be used – well… almost maybe! It is used as often as one changes gears. Rather than an alert for danger, its meaning varies from “ready or not, here I come” to “you can slow down if you like but I am not” to “I am turning here you will need to slow down.” It’s the motoring equivalent of “excuse me please.”
The hooter in India is not seen as an offensive, rude or display of annoyance. And these are some of the busiest roads in the world. With so many cars travelling 24 hours a day, the gentle souls of India don’t waste precious time on aggression on the road, they just get on with living in the now!
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This blog has been in existence since 2012 and I never thought it would take off, but it has in a weird kind of sense. Given that it is a naked niche blog (see post on Naked Niche blogging) it has done alright.
Dreams of earning loads of money and making a living through my blog are still but a dream. I do not even have ads enabled. But I live in hope.
In any event, below is a roundup of the most popular posts on Wide Eyed In Wonder, those that have been most searched and read.
An India post. Did I already mention that my India travel posts are still popular? No? Ok, I am mentioning it now. I lived in Pune for 3 weeks and what an experience it was. I still have friends living in that city and would like to spend more time there.
I find my street art posts are also very popular. There are photos naturally. In general there is a fascination with street art the world over. I would love to travel the world looking for and photographing interesting street art. There is no better expression of a people’s culture, mindset and psyche than that which is expressed in paint on a wall.