Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Delhi: A City Full of Surprises

My 40 minutes cab ride to office is never boring. Everyday there is something new. Someday I’ll have a cab driver who can’t stop bragging about himself, someday it will be a co-worker who can’t stop giving free advice (Yeah, in India people love to give free advice, the entire country is known for that), someday I’ll get a cab with a jammed door on one side and a window which I can’t roll up on the other side, someday there will be a protest (yeah, we love to protest, in fact some will protest for the long traffic jam, some will protest because of the hike in bus fare, some will even protest if the government lower the price of the bus fares) someday there will be a marriage procession going on, someday there will be people fighting just for a small scratch on their car (Delhiites will have the shortest fuse in the world and people are super frustrated here) and someday you will come across such sights, which you cant simply ignore.

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This dude was walking leisurely in the middle of the road without giving a damn to anyone. By looking at him I can somehow feel what he must be thinking (Read slowly with a deep, bassy voice) WTF guys, move, move move .. . I have a date with a super sexy elephant.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Diwali, An Indian Festival Partly Made in China

Diwali was last month and its one of my favorite festivals. Fascinatingly, it looks and feels more like a battlefield rather than a festival as the whole city lights up with fireworks. If you by any chance fly across any major Indian cities on this night, your first impression would be ‘Oh Shit, the city is on Fire’.

It’s really a fun festival, when even the oldest and the weirdest building look glamorous with all the decoration and fancy lights.

Blame me but, Diwali is kind of funny to me. You wanna know why? All these buildings will be dressed up in multi-colored fancy lights made in China and most of these lights come with pre-recorded songs and sounds which are mostly Christmas Songs (jingle bells). In a way, Diwali is an Indian festival made in China with Christian soundtrack. If you ever plan to visit India, I would suggest coinciding your visit during the Diwali which happen last of October or first week of November.


Streets light up with Neon lights



Stairs to my Apartment. Someone took all the trouble to lit up the entire stairs of my apartment with diyas (an earthen oil lamp). On a regular day, my apartment stairs looks more like a haunted place where anything horrible can happen.


View of my Apartment Stairs from the Terrace. Thank you, Mr/Ms/Mrs unknown who took all the trouble to lit up our crappy building.


Fireworks - Please don't sing that Katy Perry Song



Kids living next door going nuts in the terrace.

Fireworks

More Fireworks

This is my favorite shoot from that night.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pictures of Delhi - Its tough to get bored here!

I have said this before and I’ll say it now, ‘It’s very tough to get bored in Delhi’. The crowd, the sound and the smell which blends perfectly with the flamboyant lifestyle of the locals and the diverse ethnicity and the culture makes Delhi so unique. Compare to other western cities, Delhi is at least 5 steps behind major Western cities in terms of infrastructure, entertainment, economy and so on. But what we have over here is natural entertainment, which you will find it everywhere.

Take a cruise around the city; the streets are full of contrast. You will find bullock carts stuck in traffic jams along with BMW and Mercedes cars, a slum on one side and a top notch shopping mall on the other and of course those Indian cars like Maruti 800 with BMW and Ferrari logo. Seriously it’s very tough to get bored in Delhi.

I don’t deny the fact that most people, especially Westerners might find Delhi’s chaotic ambiance frightening but the trick to enjoy this city is to come with an open mind and be prepared to expect the unexpected. If I were to give out travel tips, all I have to say is go foot loose and yeah, girls dress conservatively.

Here are some random pictures of Delhi. Enjoy!!!!




Chariot owner decorating his Chariot, most probably on his way to a wedding. In India, the groom always arrive in a horse drawn Chariot. Keeping the Fairytale tradition alive.



Factory workers enjoying their lunch bought from rickshaws. Taking the meaning of Al fresco dining to a whole new level, Delhi Style.




School children returning from school. You think your kids school bus is not safe enough.


Delivering the Goods. Wanna know what goods they are carrying. It was loaded with whiskey.


Making Chole Batura, one of Delhi's favorite street foods. These food are super delicious but its also super unhygienic.