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.”
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.
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.