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Stripes (Varanasi)
Colours... People... Cows... Life.
There are so many different kinds of religion, each with so many Gods, rules and traditions, and with so many ways of living, of dressing up and of thinking that result from that, plus so many types of architecture and forms of "urbanism", and so many languages also...
You could wander around in the cities or suburbs for days without ever getting bored of it.
At every hour, the light is different and reveals different sides of each place.
At every hour, people in each place are different, always busy with something new.
It's almost a paradise for photography. You can just sit somewhere, and every 30min, the picture you take from your spot would be different. It's even better when you keep on walking.
Sunrise (Varanasi)
The first days, there are so many beautiful things all around that you'd rather not take your camera out and just try to enjoy everything with your eyes alone. The last days, there are still so many things that strike you by their beauty or originality, that you just give up with photography and content yourself of just watching, for the pleasure of the eyes. Anyway, you could take thousands of pictures in a single place, and still, it wouldn't be enough to catch all its beauty and diversity.

Other things I found remarkable were these :
The Indian way to deal with garbage. "Use and throw away", as they say. Then will come dogs, cows and goats to eat everything eatable in what you threw (flowers, paper, ...), and then in the evening, you put everything on fire.
Hero (Varanasi)
It's hard, at the beginning, to just throw away your plastic bottle once it's finished, but anyway, if you ask someone for a trashbin, he'll just take you garbage, put it in a plastic bag, and throw it like that in the street. Better save the plastic bag, cows don't eat that !
The fact that at any time, there are thousands and thousands of people in the transports. When you see that a bus or train trip may take you a whole day, it makes you wonder when these people work. When you see that among a group of rickshaws, half of them is taking a nap or a chai, or that for any kinda job, you notice at least 2 or 3 guys "working" together on it (even for simple tasks), it makes you wonder even more how they all manage to earn their living. Mostly when you know how much they are being paid.
On the ghats (Varanasi)
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The fact that you barely see any women in the transports or even in the streets. It's like most of them, once married, never leave the house. Patriarchal society, problem with women rights ? It doesn't look that simple. Yes, men ask their wives to do all the "bad work" at home, to cover their faces in the presence of other men, etc. But no, they are not considering women as inferior. Otherwise, how would they accept to have women as chief ministers in their state (Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan), or even as prime minister ? Actually, there are other things that weight in the balance. In "exchange", women have the protection of their husband (also financially, even if today, one would argue that they could just start working and earn their own money, but it's not that simple in this kind of society, where men already "share" jobs and where it takes lot of time to change this kind of habits), and most of all, they have the authority on the house.
Running (Varanasi)
If there's an important decision to make (accept a guest, invest money, ...), she's the one who will make it, and her husband won't even try to argue. I recognize it may look "weird" or "anormal" to someone from an occidental culture, but it's like their arranges marriages, their system of casts, and all this kind of social rules. Once you've been raised one way, it appears as natural to you to act according to it. And when you start talking about love and marriage with Indian people, they feel like our system is weak, given the high rate of divorces. But well, it would take long to try to understand all of it and discuss about it, so I'd better stop here...
Tinktinkie says:
Excellent photos!!!!
Posted on: Mar 15, 2010
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Stripes (Varanasi)
Stripes (Varanasi)
Sunrise (Varanasi)
Sunrise (Varanasi)
Hero (Varanasi)
Hero (Varanasi)
On the ghats (Varanasi)
On the ghats (Varanasi)
Running (Varanasi)
Running (Varanasi)
Boats (Varanasi)
Boats (Varanasi)
Buildings and Signs (Varanasi)
Buildings and Signs (Varanasi)
Pigeons (Varanasi)
Pigeons (Varanasi)
On the ghats (Varanasi)
On the ghats (Varanasi)
On the Ganga (Varanasi)
On the Ganga (Varanasi)
Drying clothes (Varanasi)
Drying clothes (Varanasi)
Sunrise (Varanasi)
Sunrise (Varanasi)
Stripes (Varanasi)
Stripes (Varanasi)
Burning Ghat (Varanasi)
Burning Ghat (Varanasi)
Behind the Burning Ghat (Varanasi)
Behind the Burning Ghat (Varanasi)
Colours (Varanasi)
Colours (Varanasi)
Sri Ram... (Varanasi)
Sri Ram... (Varanasi)
Sunrise (Varanasi)
Sunrise (Varanasi)
Before Muslim Festival (Udaipur)
Before Muslim Festival (Udaipur)
Before Muslim Festival (Udaipur)
Before Muslim Festival (Udaipur)
City Palace (Udaipur)
City Palace (Udaipur)
House (Udaipur)
House (Udaipur)
House (Udaipur)
House (Udaipur)
View on the Lake (Udaipur)
View on the Lake (Udaipur)
Leaving City Palace (Udaipur)
Leaving City Palace (Udaipur)
Temple (Pushkar)
Temple (Pushkar)
Drying Sarees (Pushkar)
Drying Sarees (Pushkar)
View on Pushkar
View on Pushkar
Small street (Pushkar)
Small street (Pushkar)
Reflections (Pushkar)
Reflections (Pushkar)
Cycle Rickshaw (Jaipur)
Cycle Rickshaw (Jaipur)
Traffic (Jaipur)
Traffic (Jaipur)
Market (Jaipur)
Market (Jaipur)
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photo by: Stevie_Wes