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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

WordPress Weekly Photo: Symmetry – India

Palaces, forts, and other structures in India are built along symmetrical lines.  Amidst the frenetic busyness bordering on chaos, symmetry is everywhere. Symmetry, leading to harmony and unity with the universe. This the Indian world-view. Check out the symmetry in these structures.

Fatehpur Sikri Fort India Agra Jaipur
Fatehpur Sikri Fort
Jama Masjid New Delhi
Jama Masjid New Delhi
Jodhpur, Mehrangarh Fort, India, Rajasthan
View of the blue-violet city of Jodhpur from the heights of Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, India, Rajasthan, Golden Triangle
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

In response to wordpress’s weekly photo challenge “Symmetry” – click on the link to see other other bloggers’ photos of “Symmetry”.

Here are some of them:

  1. Uncle Spike’s Kocatepe Mosque https://unclespikes.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry-i/
  2. Through The Lens’s Fatehpur Sikri https://vidurmithal.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/symmetry/
  3. Open and Free’s Silent Beauty of the Amber Fort in Jaipur http://17path.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/silent-beauty/
  4. Painted Words’s beautiful symmetry in the Pom Pom Dahlia https://paintedwords1.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/symmetry/
  5. Picture Worthy’s beautiful tree lined path in Bordeaux, France https://pictureworthy.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/feb-15-2015-sunday-wordpress-weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/#comment-808

Incredulity on the Agra-Jaipur Road

Our area will experience loadshedding from 20h00 to 23h00. It cuts right into the middle of our Saturday night, but we have planned around it. Che is going to power the router with a battery so that we can still stream a movie. It may not happen at all, it depends if it’s needed.

I am writing this on the patio. The sun has set and the bats are out. It’s very very still, the pool glassy still. The only marauders are the neighbourhood cats who love using our garden as a thoroughfare. We don’t mind, they are very amusing and watching their antics gives us much laughter.

When I was going through my photos of my trip to India I came across the perfect photo for last week’s wordpress photo theme of Scale. It’s not a well taken photo, snapped with my iPhone from within a moving vehicle on the road from Agra to Jaipur. It left me incredulous and I was grateful that our driver overtook on the right.

India Agra Jaipur
Overloaded on the road from Agra to Jaipur

WordPress Weekly Photo: Symmetry – The Taj Mahal

My love affair with the Taj  Mahal is legendary – I have written about it, at length, on this blog. I have done no less than five (yes 5) posts where it is the main attraction, or at least, mentioned with glowing language.

I think that The Taj Mahal is the most beautiful structure in the world. The great love story that led to its construction lingers in my imagination.

Taj Mahal Agra India
The dazzling Taj Mahal

The structure epitomises perfect symmetry; symmetry played an important role in its design:

Symmetry and geometric planning played an important role in ordering the complex and reflected a trend towards formal systematisation that was apparent in all of the arts emanating from Jahan's imperial patronage. Bilateral symmetry expressed simultaneous ideas of pairing, counterparts and integration, reflecting intellectual and spiritual notions of universal harmony. A complex set of implied grids based on the Mughul Gaz unit of measurement provided a flexible means of bringing proportional order to all the elements of the Taj Mahal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origins_and_architecture_of_the_Taj_Mahal#Symmetry_and_hierarchy 

You can see the bilateral symmetry illustrated in the plan of the complex below.

Taj Mahal schematicIMG_0636

In response to WordPress’s Weekly Photo theme of Symmetry – click on the link for other blogger’s interpretations of this theme.

Here are some of those bloggers:

  1. https://agent909.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/symmetry-from-africa-to-bali/
  2. http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/02/13/wpc-symmetry/
  3. http://fakeormistake.net/2015/02/13/fake-symmetry/
  4. https://suyashchopra.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/twin-peaks-in-san-francisco/
  5. https://anvicaphotos.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/
  6. http://quarksire.com/2015/02/13/wordpress-weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/
  7. https://chrisbreebaart.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry-staircase/
  8. https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/
  9. http://ambitiousdrifter.com/2015/02/14/natural-mathematics/
  10. https://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/