Observations from India

September 21, 2014

This was originally a part of a longer post published years ago and came across it recently.  So I’ve decided to share it once again.
Observations:

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Just a quick note: I’ve been watching in many places as roads and even houses are built and can’t help be amazed at the processes. Rocks are brought up from the river bed by donkey …dumped in one place near the closet existing road, and then sari dressed women, some  with babies tied to their banks or toddlers following them, carry them on their heads and dump them closer to the actual work site

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…and then they are hit with sledgehammers in such a way as to create one side which is completely flat. These are then place one next to the other with the flat side facing out to build retaining walls…or the foundation for a road – the spaces between them are then filled with cement and layer upon layer is built in this way. The cement is mixed by hand, with no seeming consistent way of doing it…water is added (and sometimes gravel – which is also made by hand by men, or women, sitting all day and pounding stones into gravel) until the cement “feels” right – like you might mix bread dough.

Mixing Cement

Mixing Cement

I’ve seen branches cut from trees and trimmed of bark with sickles being used with string as surveying instruments, and I’ve even seen a place where optic cables are being laid, but the labor is still done with pickaxes, shovels, hand ploughs etc., and the debris carried away in trays on the heads of sari dressed women.

Foundation Wall of New House-Note Rocks used as Raw Material

This is all part of what India is, and although I really haven’t written much this trip, I’ve been reading over some of my older journals, and realize that much of what I found worth writing about in the past, I simply take for granted now

Retaining Wall...Note Rocks used as Raw Material

Retaining Wall

….Nothing seems as strange as it once did, or even noteworthy…it is just the way things are here and accepted as normal.

Namaste

Jane


Delhi Oct. 2013 #2

March 20, 2014

Masjid Fatehpuri at Dusk

Just some photos.  It was so beautiful….no words are necessary here I think!

Masjid Fatehpuri

Masjid Fatehpuri
Masjid Fatehpuri
Masjid Fatehpuri
Masjid Fatehpuri
Masjid Fatehpuri
Masjid Fatehpuri

Namaste

Jane


Delhi-October 2013 – #1

March 20, 2014

Chandni Chowk and Spice Market

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As promised, I will begin posting stories and photos (mainly) from my recent sojourn in India.  I found blogging to be a true intrusion this trip and did very little posting while actually there.  So I will now begin trying to catch up, for myself as well as for my followers.

Spice Market

Spice Market

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I blessed this year with an amazing first time adventure of experiencing, and exploring Delhi with local friends, rather than as a tourist, and it was a whole new experience for me.  I will begin this post with my first days in Delhi.
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I explored places I’ve never beendto before, travelled on the Metro for the first time, saw some of the new wonderfully modern areas of Delhi as well as the traditional markets and local antiquity sites.  I hope you will enjoy the next few posts which will hopefully tell this story, mainly in photos.

Spice Market

Spice Market

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Here are photos from a day spent roaming Chandni Chowk Shuk and the Spice Market, mostly on foot, but with the help of bicycle rickshaw as well. It was a very long but very beautiful day.

Spice Market

Spice Market

Spice Market

Spice Market

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Lunchtime in Chandni Chowk

Lunchtime in Chandni Chowk

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Signs of a Splendid Past

Signs of a Splendid Past

Red Fort on a Very Hazy Day

Red Fort on a Very Hazy Day

view from Jama Masjid

view from Jama Masjid

Namaste

Jane


Chole Bhatura from Start to Finish

March 3, 2014

Chole Bhatura from Start to Finish

chole bhatura

chole bhatura

Chole bhautra is an amazingly delicious treat prepared from chickpeas in a wonderfully spicey sauce and served together with Bhatura, a fried, puffed, light bread.

rolling the dough

It is a sinfully delicious Indian snack/meal and I was privileged to eat it during my stay this past year in Delhi with my dear friend Preeti and her lovely husband Sudeep.

starting to puff up

deep frying and starting to puff up

Golden brown and puffed to perfection

Golden brown and puffed to perfection

It is a popular Punjabi dish but is now enjoyed all over India. I’ve posted a series of  photos of the entire process in case it interests you…watching the preparation and all the effort involved made me even more grateful for this wonderful meal!

Chole Bhatura

Namaste

much love light and JOY

Jane


A Cow Story in Photos

February 26, 2014

This will be a story in photos of one particular cow, on one particular day, in one particular place, ….
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But first, just a few words in general about cows and India.

Cows are everywhere in India.  It would not be India without cows. Cows roam the streets, walk on main highways, pop in to have lunch in restaurants, stroll through open shops, take naps in the middle of the street…there is no place where you will not find the cows.  The amount of photos of cows I have is exceeded only by the amount of photos of monkeys that I have!  🙂

Some cows seem mean

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another mean cow

Some are regal

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Some are motherly and loving

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Some are just an integral part of the scenery

part of the scenery

But this cow seemed to enjoy the energies along the Ganga, and to enjoy interacting with those who had come for prayer and devotion, or just for fun, along the ghats of Ram Jhula.

At first, she came straight up to me to say “Hi”….

1-checking me out

Hi There… Namaste

She seemed to be most curious, and quite intelligent.

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…and then headed down the steps to check out the other people and see what they were doing.

6-checking out people

7-checking out people

What’s This Guy Doing?

At one point she seemed to be posing for photos along with the tourists

8-take my photo too

Take My Picture Too Please

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Or asking to be included in someone’s devotional prayers.

10-say a prayer for me too

Say a Prayer for Me Too Please

In short….an interesting cow day….

There always seems to be something happening wherever you happen to find yourself.  The trick is to be mindful, to be grateful and to appreciate and enjoy everything to the fullest.

Namaste

Jane


PEOPLE

November 29, 2013

Just some photos of interesting people along the way.No matter how often and for how many years I walk around here, I am always surprised by new things….

Flowers for Puja

Flowers for Puja

LAUNDRY DAY

LAUNDRY DAY

FRIENDS

FRIENDS

GANGA DEVOTION

GANGA DEVOTION

PLEASE FEED THE FISH

PLEASE FEED THE FISH

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THREE GENERATIONS

THREE GENERATIONS

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Hope you enjoyed the view as much as I do

Namaste
Jane


Monkey Shines

November 23, 2013

They look SOOOO human!!  Or is it vica versa??  🙂

Let's see...what should I do today?

Let’s see…what should I do today?

hmmm....where DID I put the car keys???

hmmm….where DID I put the car keys???

Just enjoying the view

Just enjoying the view

Namaste
Have a great day!!
Jane


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