When I first experienced the street life in India, the whole universe suddenly stopped making sense. I couldn’t decide whether I want to jump into this chaos and explore the unknown or to run back home and hide my head under the pillow. Now, after seven years, I’m like a fish in the water on the streets of India. Judge for yourself – I can:
~ stop the beggars’ attacks with a slight movement of my hand;
~ challenge the endless flow of cars, auto rikshaws, bikes, buses and carts and actually cross the roads without my husband’s help;
~ avoid hawkers, helpers, holes in the roads, cricket players, [url=http://www.indiapalette.com/chilli-and-lime-evil-eye-warder-nazar-battu-nimbu-mirchi-totka-a-fine-way-to-keep-the-misfortunes-away]chili-and-lime warders[/url], rats, open gutters and falling coconuts;
~ buy fruits, vegetables, clothes, streetfood, juices and what not without being cheated.
Rather impressive, no?
A lot of things around have finally started making sense. No, I’m still deeply convinced that a couple of dustbins here and there wouldn’t do any harm, and the sidewalks are primarily for walking, and zebra crossings are not just a meaningless art form, and there is no need to blow the horns just for the sake of blowing.
However, if you stop dictating the universe your own rules and give it a chance to surprise you, the Indian streets will keep unfolding their hidden layers and rewarding you in so many ways. The other days I went I took Ares for a photo session in the local park …
and afterwards we just walked along the streets a bit, looking around and taking occasional pictures. And believe me, my sense of wonder was no less than my ten-month-old son’s. Here is just a small example – “Real men. Buy one get one free”. Really, how can anyone resist this offer?
Lost your keys? These guys are there to the rescue
Here are they are – the fearless chariots of the Indian streets
A bas-relief of the local temple
Good night, sleep tight
Here they offered to dye my hair for $ 100
Approaching the market
Sales, sales, sales
If you’re a housewife in India, you know how important this thing is
As usual, lots of [url=http://www.indiapalette.com/photo-walk-in-navi-mumbai-marigolds-and-happy-dussehra]marigolds[/url]
A small temple…
And a big one
This fellow is obviously comfortable 🙂
Mouth watering street food!
Of course I couldn’t resist and bought some 🙂
And that reminds me – my mother-in-law left a couple of samosas for me in the kitchen! Lucky me:)