Pushkar Travel Blog› entry 4 of 8 › view all entries
February 26th, 2010 – by: tocca
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.
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.
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.
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.
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