A Brief India Update

Thursday November 18th, 2010

So much for my plan on keeping a day-to-day journal. My workload has pretty much kept me from doing any non-work related stuff during the weekdays, other than seeing India from the back of a taxi. Although, I did have a great driver, Srinivas, who helped me learn a little more about his country. Here are a few pics from Monday, day 2, from my 2 week trip to Bangalore, India.

1 This is the business park where the office is located. On the walk back from some really horrible coffee, I grabbed a blurry image of women recycling cardboard. The cardboard is neatly stacked, tied and balanced on their heads. Some stacks I saw were probably 3 feet thick.

November 8, 2010 | iPhone 4 | 3.85mm | f/2.8 | 1/15 | ISO 250


2 Some of the language differences amused me. “Stick” felt so harsh, while the below text reading “Defaulters will be Prosecuted” felt a bit formal.

November 8, 2010 | NIKON D90 | 28mm | f/4.5 | 1/800 | ISO 200


3 These little hole-in-the-wall quickie marts were everywhere. And they always had a monkey-sized batch-o-nanners hanging around.

November 8, 2010 | NIKON D90 | 50mm | f/5.6 | 1/320 | ISO 200


4 From what I could gather, this was a little morning/evening pit stop for hungry commuters. I passed it every morning and evening. Always a good crowd.

November 8, 2010 | NIKON D90 | 18mm | f/3.5 | 1/800 | ISO 200


5 An “Auto Rickshaw”, or simply “Auto” for short (I asked, cars are simply called cars). Loud as shit, feisty as hell in traffic and a consistent belcher of black, sooty exhaust. I spent waay to much time behind these things. I’m sure I lost a few years of my life as a result. Next time you see me, just disregard the extra nostril on my forehead.

November 8, 2010 | NIKON D90 | 46mm | f/5.3 | 1/1250 | ISO 200


6 This woman, from I could tell, was employed as grounds keeper. When I snapped this I just thought she was picking up the pretty orange flowers for some decoration. The nicely woven basket sure didn’t seem like a receptacle for trash. That still might be true as a lot of the cars, bikes and buses sported beautiful strung flowers across them, most likely for Diwali. But, as I drove by each day, she was doing other, similar tasks as well. Yesterday, as a result of a big rain, she was scooping water out of large puddles in the street and pouring into the bushes using a cutoff water bottle. A we drove by, Srinivas made sure not to splash her as she stared me down with a look of indifference. It was difficult to meet her eyes.

November 8, 2010 | NIKON D90 | 55mm | f/5.6 | 1/400 | ISO 200

	
  • Great pics! Looking forward to hearing more.

  • The top one is my fav. It has beautiful motion and best illustrated your taxi journey.

  • Hey- just discovering your travels- what a beautiful photo on top!
    I agree w/ Teresa!

  • #3 is well captured and composition. I just love that green wall.

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