This curious man caught me trying the timer mode to click a picture (of myself, yeah!) at a temple in Hampi. He very slowly and carefully came and little closer probably hoping to understand what was going on, but he didn’t want to seem like a creep either. I showed him how the camera automatically clicks. I then suddenly clicked his picture. I know he looks very serious here, but I swear once I showed him this picture it brought a huge smile to his face.
I met this woman at Pushkar while I was off for a camel ride. As beautiful as she was I wasn’t happy with what she said. I asked her what she does for a living, and she said “nothing.” She said that I was blessed, and I should lend her some money and that was how she would feed herself every night. Women and children like her often go begging around and make their living, especially when they sight tourists. Not their fault since they are usually pampered.
My guide during my camel ride at Rajasthan loved his camel very much. He shared stories about how he takes care of his camel and how it once almost bit him to death. However, he feeds it every night and puts it to sleep before he goes home. He even explained about the Pushkar fair and how Holi was best celebrated around there. At the end, he also gave me a wise advice not to give money to beggars. He said, “Why can’t they earn when they have both hands and feet? If they get money for free they won’t even try to get a job.”
My auto driver at Hampi took great interest in his job. He took me around all the sightseeing spots at the right time, especially to watch the sunset. He even clicked great pictures, spoke fluent English and explained about the history of many monuments around. He showed me a trekking path behind one of the temples, and offered to ride the coracle for me. He also taught me how to ride one myself. At the end, he didn’t even demand too much money, yet I paid him well.
Dancers at Bagore ki Haveli at Udaipur take great effort to put up a show every evening. However, it was quite crowded during the days that I visited, and it did take a considerable amount of trouble to obtain a ticket. But it’s sad to see how few people misbehave when they don’t get a decent place to sit. The crowd had to embarrass them after they wasted a lot time demanding to sit closer to the stage. When the show did start it was amazing to see how the dancers performed dance forms from different parts of Rajasthan. Despite all the mess, it was an hour well spent.
The Desert festival at Jaisalmer has numerous activities. People all over the world gather at Sam Sand dunes to watch various shows. There were events like Mr. Desert and camel decoration. I felt sad for the camels though, wonder how they feel about being painted for a competition. Although I had missed most parts of the festival, I was lucky to catch the camel racing and a bit of kite flying.
I met this little kid when I was on a trek at Andharban in Maharashtra, and he quickly stole my heart. I really needed a place to sit and have my lunch that day while others were struggling to have it in the rain outside. His parents were warm and welcoming enough to allow me into their home. I enjoyed my meal while playing with this kid. He later kept coming back to play so I had to take this picture. Every time I look at his cuteness, I smile.