Images from India

Here are some random photos from our trip to India. I realize that they are not beautiful images of India and that they seem a bit strange to post but that is just the way my brain works. You won’t find these on tourist advertisements for India.

The photo below is of the bathroom in the apartment we had borrowed. When you take your shower the toilet gets soaked. Liebling is touching the shower head and the 220 electrical box at the same time, a great way to get electrocuted. In North America, the electrical supply company would disconnect all power to your house if they saw this. I am sure Indians have been killed by this set up in the past.

When we told people where we were staying in Calcutta, they were all impressed and said we had a good location. The photo below is of the door to the apartment. It has a key lock in the door, a pad lock on the door and a gate with a pad lock on it to cover the door. The main door to the building also has a gate with a pad lock. The first day we were there it took me 5 minutes to find the right keys and unlock all the locks to get into the apartment. I am glad we were not in a bad location.

With my twisted mind, all I could think of was that if they gate is unlocked, you know the people must be home. Even better, I could lock them into their own apartment with this system. “Sorry I am late boss but I couldn’t get out of my apartment.”

The photos below are of Holy cows. They wander the streets eating garbage.

Below is a by-product of cows, what I like to call “Holy Shit”, although that is not what I said after I stepped in it.

Only the well off have running water in Calcutta, here is a woman doing her laundry on the street corner. There are hand pump wells and water taps around the city that people can use. Our friend Salim said that India was a better place to live than Canada because water is free and you can always grow your own rice. He works 6 days a week at the hotel and has to sleep there as his home is too far away to travel every day. He earns 8,000 rupees or $160 CAD a month.

Indian school bus. It may not look too fancy but it doesn’t get stuck in traffic and laughs in the face of North American kids big talk about “going green”.

Fisherman relaxing on the beach in Puri. They are surrounded by garbage.

I liked this sign and its effectiveness.

The Monk below said prayers for our family. We had the choice of paying either 700, 1,200 0r 2,200 rupees to have the monks pray for our family every day for the next year, proving that money really can buy happiness. Having enough happiness in our lives, we went with the 700 rupee option. I wanted to cut out one or two of our kids from the prayers to get more for me but Liebling wouldn’t hear of it.



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 04:39:49

    Come on Roy, cutting your kids out!!!!!!! Jean


  2. Andrée
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 05:28:55

    Love the choice of pictures. And the humor too!
    Hope the cow shit wasn’t too fresh…


  3. Paulline Poulin
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 19:58:06

    Now now a bit of respect for the fuel industry…cow pat!!!


  4. Paul
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:26:15

    Hey Roy, the shower head & electrical box…was that Martine’s idea ? If so, I suggest you take the 2200 rupees prayer package…



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