The last of three photo essays on India. Well, perhaps not quite an essay - maybe more of a series of sentence fragments. These are some of my favourite photos from the trip, and, while I think they are gorgeous and illustrate the India that I experienced, they are kind of disjointed. So...take a deep breath and hold on! You are about to tour an entire country in 38 or so photos!
Let's start with a look at some of India's kids....and, regrettably, one of the biggest down-sides of India..
Garbage! Everywhere except the most rural countryside was littered with well.... litter! Unfortunately, kids playing in garbage was a very very common sight. This little one was having the time of her life and, as they all are, seemed completely oblivious to the refuse under her feet.
Of course, the kids don't know any different. Although, I have to say it was very unsettling to watch these two play "house" using a coconut shell for plates and garbage for food.
We had lots of fun with kids who ran up and begged us to take their photos and then shamelessly asked for candy...which we didn't have unfortunately. Well, maybe fortunately, I hesitate to think what their dental care is like.Although...it looks pretty good from the smiles in this picture doesn't it? As it was everywhere in India, the heart and joy of the kids who live in very tough situations just burst out of them! These guys live in an orphanage in a little village on the East coast of India....
These are some of their fellow residents. And they're the lucky ones....relatively speaking.
I don't know how many kids we say out working, either on their own or with their parents.
It was so beautiful to see the way that the kids were welcomed by the adults at the party, but very hard to work your head around that vs. the kids working selling beaded necklaces that they likely had to make for about 30 cents each.
Moving on....some other interesting peeks at India.
I LOVE this warning label! It about sums it up!
Fishing nets...who knew? They make a good bed!
Homes rebuilt after the tsunami with donations from around the world. Lovely...although, I do wonder what it is like to have a house that has a plaque on it reminding you every day that your home is a gift from someone else...odd.
More uses for those nets...wait, maybe it is the same use?Ok, maybe it makes me weird, but I love taking pictures of international senior citizens. I think they have the most wonderful stories written all over their faces!
...and I love this artistic shot of my eldest son! He doesn't agree, but it's my blog!! (sorry Jared!)
Traditional stove. The design hasn't changed in thousands of years...yes, it is on the floor and the wood sticks out the front of the "burner". You have to keep pushing it in as the lit end burns away. The bright spot on the floor is from the sun cascading in through the hole in the roof that is the only means for the smoke to escape. Oh, and just in case you are curious..this one was not in a museum or display of any sort. It was in the kitchen of one of the village houses we were lucky enough to be invited into. And yes, we had a lovely ( LOVELY!!) lunch prepared on that stove. One of my fondest memories of the trip!
I just like this photo, so I thought I'd share
...these ones too.
I had to put this one in...these are the fishing nets in Kochin on the West coast of India. They were initially installed in the 13th century by ...can I have a drumroll please??.....Khublai Khan!! Yes, even in far distant India the echo of Chinggis Khan and his family is still being felt. These nets have been harvesting fish for centuries!! Literally! Well..Ok, I'm willing to give you that likely they have changed the nets from time to time, but you get what I'm saying ...right? Mongolia in India. Cool.
...Nope, not praying. January 1st.... Need I say more?
Hope you have enjoyed these three pictorials of India. It's a really wild and wonderful place and I hope to go back again...soon.