Archive for January, 2007

Still in Varanasi

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

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:

Sensory Overload
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!

Boy with Kite
Cow on Ganges
Daft Cow
Ganga is the Life Line
Girl with Purple Kite
Varanasi Cow
Woman on Ghat Steps

Kite Festival

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

I’m still pretty ill… it comes and goes in waves but the last two days have been pretty bad. This makes getting to the main day of the Kumbh Mela on the 19th unlikely, but I may take some Immodium or something and try and make it regardless!

I’ve taken very few photos in the last couple of weeks, but I did try and make a bit of an effort to capture the kite festival on the 14th and 15th:

Kite Festival
Kite Festival
Kite Festival
Kite Festival
Kite Festival
Kite Festival
Kite Festival
Kite Festival
Kite Festival
Kite Festival

We also got a boat to the other side of the Ganges on the first Kite day, where I got some rather flattering shots of Varanasi… it doesn’t usually look good at all!

Varanasi
Varanasi
Varanasi

The rest of the time when I’ve not been feeling too ill, we’ve been having loads of music lessons. I’ve got into the Bamboo flute in a big way, I can’t believe how quickly I’ve picked it up! We also saw another music concert featuring my sitar teacher:


Dancer

Today we made a bit of an effort to take more photos, I decided to start a photo essay on the cows of India, so stay posted for some of the initial results!

Kate’s Blog

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

I’m trying to keep the text on this blog to a minimum in order to focus on photos, but you can look on my other half’s blog if you are desperately curious to know more about what we’re up to.
www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/watto

Music

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

Foggy Ganges
Still ill with a stomach bug, so I’ve not had much energy for photographing a lot. On the plus side, I’m losing plenty of flab I wanted to get rid of for a while!
However, we’ve been hanging about one of the music shops where I’m learning sitar. I also bought a cheap guitar as I really missed being able to jam with other musicians.
Kate
Flute Lesson
And a shot of me!
Me, taken by Kate Rose
I was seeing my entire stay in India as being something of a challenge… but now I’m starting to relax into the experience. Perhaps it has something to do with the hippie clothes I’m buying!
I saw my sitar teacher in a concert last night, he really is rather good!
Sitar Teacher
Sitar Teacher