Wednesday 25 March 2015

India a personal view.

I have had a few memorable trips to India. There is no better place to see the sights and to enjoy the sounds and bustle of India, than to make a visit to the market. Though sometimes the 'market aroma' can be just a little bit overpowering for our European sense of smell. 

More than anything else its the people. I have found the Indians to be very friendly and welcoming - which is a surprise considering our attitude towards these wonderful people prior to gaining independence in 1947 from British rule.

You can get everything and anything in an Indian market. I like to think that you can also get things, you never knew you wanted as well. 

Colours that would look garish and out of place in our European light. Are used in mixtures that to our European tastes would seem to be unnatural. But when used together in India, they actually reflect the real vibrant and colourful side of India.

The monsoon every year ensures that India is very fertile place. On a visit to a market you soon find that fruit, herbs, spices and flowers are everywhere. The other thing is that very little goes to waste in India. Everything seems to be repaired and reused several times before its eventually discarded. 

One man's throwaway is another man's treasure. I purchased a new pair of shoes, because my ancient (but very comfortable) trainers had seen much better days. I put on my new shoes and threw the old pair in a nearby bin. The next day, I saw my old trainers on the feet of a man in a working party repairing a nearby road. 
Today we have turned a new corner in remembering Gandhi. With the unveiling in London of a bronze statue in parliament square. intended to acknowledge the peaceful protest that Gandhi organised. A peaceful, peoples, protest that overcame the British forces and the British government of the day.

This simple man, who changed the world for the better. Is still revered in India today. There are many statues to Gandhi to be found. I like this one, which I photographed in Panaji, Which is pronounced as Panjim by the locals.

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