I’m getting sick of being sick now, I’ll try and see a Doctor soon.
I’m gutted I missed the main day of the Kumbh Mela, I think that I read 2% of India’s population was there on the 19th. As India holds 1/6th of the world’s population, that is one hell of a lot of people! It didn’t sound like fun with a bad stomach though, and as I’m not on assignment for anyone I think I’ll wait for my stomach to settle. There is another big day on the 23rd (my birthday!), so we’ll see if I’m well enough by then.
In the meantime, I’ve tried to stay away from the noise and assault on the senses that is India:
As soon as the plane depressurised in Delhi and the smell of Delhi hit my nose, my senses have been frazzled by constant overstimulaion… smells (smog, smoke, pungent food, urine, etc), sounds (mosques, bad hybrid western/indian music blared out on megaphones, other travellers including many really loud Germans, markets, children, shopkeepers, animals including all the dogs who take loud ownership of everywhere at night), sights (everything looks so different from the west, advertising is everywhere, Indian touts are always trying to get your attention, most places are very crowded) and Indian people in general don’t really have a concept of personal space so it is very difficult to recharge batteries!
I really have no desire to take my camera out in these places, so you won’t see many photos reflecting this part of India unless I receive a commission for it! I’d prefer to capture other facets of India.
So, here are some calmer photos!