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A tiny Snipet of the People in India

Why do us ‘developed’ world people travel the ‘developing’ world? What is it that motivates us to visit underprivileged people when we ourselves are so privileged? If the neoliberal/western way of life is so amazing what makes people living within it want to visit somewhere else? These are questions some might reject or dismiss, maybe too taboo to discuss, but I find them very interesting.

People who have a whole different life, mind set, way of living, thinking, feeling and experiencing are intriguing!

I landed in New Delhi, India on the 4th of February 2016. Excited and ready for adventure I was keen to get straight into the Indian culture and life

I am now writing this in May, but I will share some photos and the stories behind the scenes and people.

Our taxi driver from the airport to our hotel – timid, lovely and respectful man who drove taxis to support his 2 daughters and wife. He was very interested in what Australia is like and was somewhat embarrassed that his english wasn’t the best. In my opinion his english was fine, he was able to hold a conversation with 2 Aussie girls who knew not one bit of Hindi. Isn’t that interesting, we think because english is the dominant language we don’t have to bother learning anything else, going to a hindi speaking country. Really shows the underlying, unintentional ethnocentricity I may have held.


 When staying in the Jaisalmer fort, we went for an afternoon trip to a Hindi God temple to watch the sunset on the stone of the Jaisalmer Fort. 

While here there were a group of young traditionally dressed Indian women. From a young, Australian, Anglo Saxon, white female point of view they were absolutely so beautiful, interesting and different. From a young, low socio-economic, traditional Indian woman point of view I seemed very interesting too. My pale skin and green eyes, t shirt and blond arm hair was so different to them, enough so they wanted to touch my skin and my arm hairs. Our interaction was so interesting because we were all so interesting and excited to look close up to one another.


The women in the red sari was excited to see me also because she recognized be from the day before, I had bought anklets off her in the street, told her she was beautiful and asked to take a photo of her 


We joked around with each other as I showed her and she wore some of my jewelery, she hooked a ear cuff that hooks through my nose ring on that jingled. 

When I asked about her red dot and red line into her scalp she said it was because she was married 

She then rubbed her finger in it, and rubbed it on my head and scalp 

Your my husband now 

She joked and all the ladies thought it was so funny as we jokingly argued over who was going to be the husband in our marriage 


She also explained her tattoo of her husbands name on her arm, being normal when you get married 


This is her husband who was busking and selling his handmade instruments next to her jewelry stall on the side of the walkway within the Fort. He played for me encouraged me to try 

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This blog aims to capture things in my life that I love and have a passion for. These include my travels and travel plans, fabulous reads, general life observations and my continuing insight into anthropological studies.

One thought on “A tiny Snipet of the People in India

  1. I love this post! It’s a heart warming description of the connection between you and the married Indian lady with the best pictures to show the emotion. You are both beautiful! 💕

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