“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”  ~Robert Frost

 

I was completely and utterly smitten with India by the end of my first full day in New Delhi. People had warned me of the shock to the senses, in particular, the dust, the dirt, the stench, the overcrowded streets, the constant noise, stomach issues, and the list goes on. Yet, all of these truths about India, paled in importance against the compelling degree of intrigue that arrested my sense of curiosity and fascination of a culture of people who seemed so real and fundamentally human, in the true sense of the word.

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All those red dots mark my amazing solo journey through Incredible India from Oct. 2011 – April, 2012.

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“Sari Daydreams” [Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India]

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UNESCO World Heritage 14th c. – 16th c. Hindu architecture at sunrise.  [Hampi, Karnataka, India]
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“Hindu Pilgrims on New Year’s Day”  [ Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India ]
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The street tailors in small Indian towns were some of the nicest and gentlest personalities I encountered throughout India, and I was forever grateful for their quick and inexpensive on-the-spot repairs. [Mandu, Madhya Pradesh, India]

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Are the faces not the same? A local boy prepares to dive off the top of this Hindu statue in the holy Narmada River. Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India.

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Some of my favourite moments in India were spent on India Rail in 2nd class cars, where the windows are slatted and the doors are wide open. This candid capture happened on a particularly tranquil afternoon ride through the countryside of South India.