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Cee’s Which Way Challenge #35: The Taj Mahal Complex

I had the idea that the Taj Mahal was just a single structure sitting alone in the middle of an Indian city. I should not have been  surprised then, to see that it is a whole complex! It is large and vast, just like the country itself.

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Wednesday Windows 5: Reminder of an Interesting Road Trip

The photo below is not of a window but taken from the window of a moving bus. It reminds me of the short  I took with a bunch of colleagues to a nature reserve outside Pune in India. We crossed the river, the dam wall on the right looming gigantically above us. It was quite dramatic. right after crossing the river the road started climbing, and I took this photo as we crested the hill.

Pune Roadtrip by reginamartins.com
Pune Roadtrip

 

The bustle of Indian streets

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!

New Delhi street, India
New Delhi street