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Memories: Two Years in India (Part 3)

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

Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat

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 

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 covered rickshaw, manali

Snow. On a rickshaw. In India. There really is nothing more awesome than this.

May 19 – Ranthambhore National Park

Tiger, India

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

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

Day 22

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

Day 23

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.

This is the third installment in this series. If you enjoyed it you can read part 1 and part 2.

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21 Comments

  1. Lauren says:

    You were rocking that saree! Gorgeous colours. Also, that photo of a richshaw covered in snow had be chuckling. Never have I seen such a sight! haha.

    laurensomewhere.com

    1. I loved the snow-covered rickshaw. Only in India, huh?!

  2. Dora says:

    Love your photos! Love the sunset photo with people inside! Will be going to India one day!

    1. Thank you so much 😀

  3. Florence Shih says:

    These photos are incredible, and it sounds like you had a wonderful time in India. It’s on my bucket list of places to visit!

    1. Thank you. You really should get to India – yoga in India is mind-blowing!

  4. Susanna Kelly says:

    I really like this how this picture essay takes us through you time there. It looks like an amazing experience and you look lovely in that Sari

    1. Thank you so much *blushes*

  5. Suzannah Sylvian says:

    Wow. I’m currently helping a friend with her travels to India and I can’t wait to share this post with her to inspire her even more. Also, you look beautiful in a sari. I love it!

    1. Thank you! Any idea where your friend will be going to in India?

  6. Jeanette says:

    I’ve never been to India, but it has always been on my bucket list. I loved reading about your memories. In the end, all we have are our memories of the amazing places we’ve lived and loved! Cheers!

    1. Thanks for the comments – yes are memories are all we’ll be left with one day!

  7. Laura @ Grassroots Nomad says:

    It looks like you have had an incredible two years – love that photo of the snow on the rickshaw! I always forget that it snows there!

    1. I went to the north especially to see snow – I was so excited to see it on a rickshaw 😀

  8. Yolanda Reischer Bohanec says:

    Lovely pictures. I have never been to India but it has without a doubt a very special place on my list.

  9. Rosemary says:

    Sounds like you had an amazing time. The good news is that you will always have your memories. You are rockin that sari!! Looks great. Great shot of the rickshaw in the snow.

  10. Bee says:

    I’ve read the first part about your stay in India I love your pictures and there is so much information. Thanks for the share

  11. Vesna says:

    What a wonderful experience and great photos! Lucky you. For now, India is only in my dreams…

  12. Swati Saxena says:

    Those pictures are lovely. I’m from India, have always lived here and still have a love-hate relationship with the country. It’s a strange land, indeed. Hope you are back soon and we cross paths someday 🙂

  13. Swati Saxena says:

    Also, what do those dates mean? Were you hopping to a new place everyday? Just curious 🙂

  14. Ellen Hays says:

    Spent two months in India this year, and this post is making me desperate to go back! Love it! 🙂

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