I was fortunate to be invited to attend a Gujarati wedding in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was held during the ever popular month of weddings; December. Almost every street corner, everyday was a wedding in session. I was told December is the coolest month of the year hence the popularity. After the wedding we headed up north to Rajasthan, which translates literally to ‘Land of Kings’. Each city visited there were tales of how each king fought off the Mogul invaders. From Rajasthan it was back to Gujarat to organise the next leg of the journey down south to the beaches of Goa. Probably the most memorable thing was riding at the back of the truck on the open road. A true road trip!

Standing On The Streets Of Pala

Standing on the Streets of Pala

Pala, Bombay, INDIA

Had a day to spend in Bombay (Mumbai) before heading off to Ahmedabad for my mate Amul’s wedding. We hired a driver/guide for the day and he took us around a town called Pala which is near the airport. After lunch we just took a wander around the markets. This was taken at a street corner.

Hello Friend

Hello Friend

Smiles All Round

Smiles All Round

 

Trio

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA

Right in the middle of suburban Ahmedabad lies a strip known locally as ‘Hollywood’. Contrary to its glitzy name, it was lined with slum-like dwellings. As I took a stroll through it, all the kids ran out waving and shouting “Hello!”, eager to have their photo taken. A few shook my hand and I was extremely humbled by their hospitality. Despite the language barrier it I did experience the true universal language of the smile. It was a simple transaction – I smiled and they smiled back.

Making Ragara Patties

Making ragara patties

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA

Potatoes, onions, yellow chickpeas and cumin. Those are the core ingredients to making ragara patties. It is then lightly fried over a large flat pan and then served with fresh vegetables and tomato soup. Yes you heard right, tomato soup and it was really awesome. Gujarati cuisine is predominantly vegetarian and is best known for having a slightly sweet taste.

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

Old Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA

The Blue City

The Blue City

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, INDIA

Standing on the lookout of the Mehrangarh Fort, the blue city of Jodhpur stretches across the horizon, contrasting against the dry browns of the desert. It is said that the blue of the houses reflect the skin colour of the Hindu deity, Vishnu. The blue also represents the vastness of the skies and oceans. There is also the belief that the Brahmins, the purest of the Indian castes housed themselves in the blue homes to differentiate themselves from the others. All in all, it presents a magnificent sight and is the only Indian city that can be called the blue city.

Through The Sari Veil

Through The Sari Veil

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, INDIA

Bishnoi women are known for their colourful clothing and distinguished style of wearing white bangles which cover the majority of their upper arm. Historically, these bangles were made from camel bone but nowadays they are made from plastic. It is also said Bishnoi women aren’t allowed to show their faces to male visitors. I announced myself as I took a peek into a nearby mud house also known as a ‘dhani’. This gave the woman time to quickly cover her face with her sari but as you can tell, she was also keeping an eye on me…

Young Camel Herder Returning Home

Young camel herder returning home

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, INDIA

Spent the night sleeping out in the Khuri Desert, Jaisalmer  as part of the Rajasthani experience. As we were waiting for the sunset, I saw this young boy walking with his camels along the sand dunes, possibly returning back to his village.

The Coconut Tree Climber

The coconut tree climber

Cuncolim, Goa, INDIA

One of the key geographical changes in Goa is the abundance of coconut trees and that is a major contribution towards the local economy apart from fishing. This gentleman skilfully scaled up the coconut tree and retrieved some fresh coconuts in less than 10 seconds. All he used were some towels for extra grip.

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