I left India yesterday and have some emotions to deal with. You will hear many things about India, such as how you will both love and hate it at the same time, that you get out of it what you put in, or that it will mirror and intensify your own feelings. These things are all true.
I am both ecstatic and saddened to leave. It’s a strange mix of emotions that I can’t describe. I am not done with India yet. She will forever be in my thoughts. Sometimes with laughter, sometimes with frustration, hatred even, but always with a yearning desire to return. I will be back. Only to travel though!
May 16 – Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai
Mumbai is home to one of the biggest open-air laundries in the world. These guys work tirelessly in less-than-ideal conditions, but the washed laundry is always pristine when they’ve finished.
May 17 – Antilia, Mumbai
Allegedly the world’s most expensive private residence, Antilia doesn’t look that special from the outside, but it is supposedly amazing inside. The way that rich and poor coexist side-by-side is a commonly observed facet of Mumbai, but I can’t get my head around a society that allows poverty the way that India does. I guess the luxury decor takes the rich people’s minds off the sight of the slums down below…
May 18 – Manali
Snow. On a rickshaw. In India. There really is nothing more awesome than this.
May 19 – Ranthambhore National Park
India has some incredible wildlife, truly, but the tiger has got to be the most magnificent. You can read about my visit to Ranthambhore here.
May 20 – Palolem, Goa
These two guys were sitting enjoying a sunset over Palolem beach and at first I was a bit annoyed that they were in my picture, but when I saw the picture I realised that they made it perfect. Goan sunsets should be shared!
May 21 – Grade 12 Graduation
This picture is one of the most popular on my FB page ever. Our Grade 12 students graduated, so for the first time ever I wore a sari. They are stunningly beautiful garments, but I have a new found respect for Indian women who wear them every day; I could barely move and I was hot as hell!!
May 22 – Fort Kochi
I’ve got a lot of love for the Mumbai rickshaw-wallahs. Those guys do not have an enviable job sitting all day every day amongst the fumes and pollution of Mumbai. I loved this graffiti that I saw on a wall in Fort Kochi. The rickshaw-wallahs of India are definitely Working Class Heroes.
May 23 – Jodhpur
This is a photograph I took near the fort in Jodhpur. It was early morning and absolutely deserted. Rare in India! Jodhpur is known as the Blue City, but it looks more like the pink city here.
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