Thirteen Things That Intrigue Me About India [#7]

Claude Renault, a talented photographer from Brittany (France), considers India to be his second home. He’s traveled to India close to a dozen times and just keeps wanting to go back for more. I’ve featured Claude’s work here before, namely for my post about “A Photo a Day from Planet Earth”, where his work is shown regularly, and more recently for my last TT post. Claude has a series of blogs showcasing his hundreds of travel pictures, so I asked him if I could show some here. What was difficult with so many great photos to choose from was narrowing down my selections. For Thursday Thirteen, I’m going with Thirteen Things That Intrigue Me About India.

Beautiful & Serene Settings
Women drying up saris alongside the sacred Yamuna river in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The ancient city of Mathura is today an important place of pilgrimage and is the birth place of Lord Krishna, “the best known, best loved and most complex of Lord Vishnu‘s manifestations.”

Different Cultures
Papu from the Bopa caste, Rajasthan, India.> “The Bopa Gypsies, are a Nomadic People of the Rajasthan Desert. In Rajasthan it is not uncommon to see people with green eyes.”

Mind Boggling-Architecture
A kid diving into the sacred tank in Amber, Rajasthan. The ancient Hindu village is surprisingly rich in unvisited marvels, like the Krishna temple, carved in white marble. The deep water tank is indispensable in the arid and semi-desert Indian state of Rajasthan. Since the tank needs to be very deep, stairs are geometrically built-in [and look like an Escher drawing].

Great Photo Opportunities
An ambassador going to the New Delhi train station.

The Food
Chennai, also known as Madras, capital of Tamil Nadu. “Murgheshwari is Hindu, she is cooking. She and Raja, a moslem made a love marriage, still unusual. A very friendly couple living in a slum near the river in Chennai.”

The Vibrant Colors
Omkareshwar. Madhya Prades. “Pilgrims in marvellous Omkareshwar. Almost an abstract painting. Just love colors”

Breathtaking Views
Tika. Vrindavan. Uttar Pradesh. “A woman applying a tikka [or bindi] on her forehead on the Ghats in Vrindavan. Monsoon time and the storm came just after.”

Spirituality & Religion
Students. Sri Sailam. Andhra Pradesh. “Some students in a Lingayat school in Sri Sailam. This is shot inside the temple where they were studying. This place is just so wonderful, not a single tourist in sight…”

Adorable Ragamuffins
Kanchipuram. Tamil Nadu. “In a Chai shop in Kanchipuram. The daughter of the owner was almost awake. So cute”

Interesting Street Scenes
Charminar. Hyderabad. Andhra Pradesh. “Charminar is one of the most important landmarks of Hyderabad. The monument was built by emperor Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 […] to commemorate the eradication of plague. Legends has it that the emperor prayed for the end of plague and took the vow to build a masjid on that very place.”

Badami. Karnataka. “A woman giving water to a poor person in Badami. I must add that before giving him water, she gave him food, [but] I wasn’t ready to click…What else to say. Here it seems people give often and all the time. It’s a way of life.”

“A real nice man, Neelkanth Mahadev, a sadhu. His name means “blue throat”, one of Shiva‘s name. This image was taken on the banks of the river Ganga in Haridwar, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage site, held in reverence for centuries. Several temples and ashrams dot this town and a visit to Haridwar is like stepping into a totally different world.”

True Beauty
Kanchipuram. Tamil Nadu. “A beautiful girl sitting in front of her house in Kanchipuram. I love the architecture of those houses, where the shape of the beautifully curved porch is almost like a sculpture, inviting!”

Photos: Claude Renaud

Text: adapted from Claude’s captions

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