|India Gate: Delhi..who needs the Tour Eiffel?!|
I know, I know. I haven't written in forever. But I thought I'd wait to compile my thoughts after 10 days of non-stop, stimulating, stretching, and life-changing experiences. I still cannot compartmentalize all that happened over my week of Diwali, nor can the 1000 photographs I took describe what I saw--or how I felt.
|Atka's cousin designs for Free People--hence it looked like Urban Outfitters|
So I saw (I'm counting the train ride through Haryana) these Indian States (more land than I've seen in the US):
|Delhi traffic and some curious eyes|
I took 5 flights in 10 days. Airport security(or lack thereof in some cases--my Sikh daggers from Amritsar slipped through carry-on) deserves a post in itself.
I was exposed to several religions, just in this week.
Hinduism obvi(it was Diwali!!!)
|the beautiful place for puja in the Chandigarh house|
Sikhism-Golden Temple (Amritsar)
|Golden Temple--note head scarfs (and souvenirs!)|
Islam-Qutb Minar (Delhi)
|intricate!! made the Taj look simplistic.|
I'll just add some more photos...and you can view the rest on my facebook albums
|Our trip began by meeting Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja at the Mumbai airport|
...I am swamped with slum interviews and papers! (topics include India and Globalization, the Impact of GM Foods on India's Development, IndoPak Relations in light of Obama's visit, the Role of Pune's Infrastructure in Public Health....) School goes until December 11th, so it's starting to be crunch time!
|Chandigarh's Rock Garden|
|to Amber Fort (Jaipur), we go!|
|stunning views from the Amber fort|
|could stay forever|
|these are the best pants ever|
|Lake Palace, Jaipur|
|running out of money in Jaipur|
|gorgeous saris in Jaipur|
|snacking in Chandigarh--jalabies and chaat|
|too bad I missed him in Mumbai--he flew to Delhi (we were there 3 days before)|
|Atka and her cousin at the Taj|
|Sarah and I show off our leg room and her broken suitcase on the train home|
Thanks for viewing....the links follow for more photos! Perhaps I'll have more time to reflect once this rush of academic work is thru!
Delhi and Agra
Chandigarh and Amritsar