This was my second trip to India
with my husband, Frank. We were assisting my elderly father on his
journey back to India
to attend the opening ceremony of a school he had built in my late
mother’s name. The “RupalB.GajjarSchool”
is located in a remote village in Gujarat
that will educate 350 children. We took the opportunity to visit family
and travel, experiencing more of the India
we both have come to love. India
is a natural playground for any photographer as its diversity and
colorful culture never fail to awe.
The bridal couple on their wedding day…
This warm pair were strangers we met at the Hanuman temple in Ahmedabad.
We were fortunate enough to see them performing their matrimonial
customs. We like the way the reds pull the photo together and the
expressions on their faces.
Sacred cows of India…
My husband Frank and I were immediately struck by the sight of cows
walking down the street by themselves. Cows were ubiquitous, along with
other animals such as goats, dogs and the occasional camel.
Intriguing architectural structures all around…
This is the picturesque GadisarLake.
This manmade reservoir is spectacular because the sandstone buildings
are constructed right up to the edge of the lake, actually facing it.
Boats were turned upside down just waiting for people who would pay for
a leisurely row. In the past, the reservoir was the only source of
water for the people of Jaisalmer. India
features Indo-Gothic architecture with elements of Mughal, Gothic
revival and Victorian styles.
Magnificent sand dunes stand in the Thar Desert
… We had a camel ride in the desert and came across some wandering
entertainment on the sand dunes. A father and his daughter approached
us. He played the Indian flute and she danced for us. Her blue dress
swayed in the wind and the colors in her father’s turban caught my
attention as he passionately played his flute. As she put her bangled
arms up in the air, I noticed the care with which they had applied the
artistic makeup on the girl’s face.
An ancient burial ground…
The Chattries (burial ground) in Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer, is where one
cenotaph (an elaborate gazebo like monument) was constructed for each
king until 1947. We carefully climbed up to the cenotaphs and walked
through the delicate carvings of the ruins that remained.
Spectacular images of India’s
We were caught in this Kodak moment as we witnessed the look of love in
the face of a mother playing with her little boy. We were touched by
the interaction of the mother and son sitting in their simple yet
colorful clothing, so as to find relief from the blistering sun in the
shade of yellow walls.
Artistry in henna for the hands of the Indian women…
Mendi is artwork using henna that acts as a temporary tattoo. It is
applied and then allowed to dry overnight. It is customary for special
occasions, especially weddings. This young woman was one of our tour
guides and consented when we asked her if we could photograph her hand.
The colors of the fruits and vegetable in the outdoor vegetable market
were vibrant and mouth-watering. The carrots were particularly
striking…. they were almost red in color.
Hand-feeding wild monkeys….
In the midst of hand-feeding wild monkeys, we came upon this family of
three monkeys who were sitting on a wall in the park enjoying the
sun. We enjoyed seeing the expressions and emotions on their faces.
painted elephant ride….
We rode up the winding road to the Amber Fort on Valentine’s Day in
Jaipur on the back of an elephant. It was very romantic and absolutely
the best part of the day. To get on, we walked up a few steps and then
somewhat propelled ourselves onto the elephant. As we got on our way,
we swayed back and forth with the mighty footsteps of this majestic
animal. It was a little scary, but an enchanting thrill nevertheless.
My overall impression of India
is that if you feel the pull towards it, it’s a calling that must be
answered. Traveling to India
can be strenuous, especially on your own. At the same time, it’s a very
exciting and fulfilling journey. India
isn’t like anywhere else on earth. Colorful images and unforgettable
experiences will stay with you and warm your soul for the rest of your