Pride Festival, Seattle 2014-06-29

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

Seattle Streetshooter

SEATTLE. Street photography. Downtown Seattle. Upon returning from almost six months in India, walking around the streets of downtown seattle is an interesting concept. Getting access to people in India is not even a consideration as people will generally walk up to you and either stare at you out of curiosity, or will stop and talk, and in some cases will look at you and get on with what they are doing. There was never any issue with my presence and if I asked 99% of the time people would be very happy to have their photograph taken.  Seattle however is radically different to this, mainly because of how we perceive ourselves let alone what we think of you the photographer.  It seems to me that in US individuality is championed and defended with great vigour, and the exact opposite is the case in India, where Indians generally see themselves as being part of a greater whole.  The construct as it seems to occur in the US is just that, a vague, preconceived, compartmentalisation of existence where everyone is happy in conviction that we are, in fact, individual, and yet confine ourselves in the routines we impose on ourselves and the things we do, places we go and the consumption patterns we cling to.  This is a thought that has been running around in my head for some years now, especially after having moved from one culture to another about a decade ago.  Im open to discussions on this.

SEATTLE. Street photography. Downtown Seattle. Upon returning from almost six months in India, walking around the streets of downtown seattle is an interesting concept. Getting access to people in India is not even a consideration as people will generally walk up to you and either stare at you out of curiosity, or will stop and talk, and in some cases will look at you and get on with what they are doing. There was never any issue with my presence and if I asked 99% of the time people would be very happy to have their photograph taken.
Seattle however is radically different to this, mainly because of how we perceive ourselves let alone what we think of you the photographer.
It seems to me that in US individuality is championed and defended with great vigour, and the exact opposite is the case in India, where Indians generally see themselves as being part of a greater whole.
The construct as it seems to occur in the US is just that, a vague, preconceived, compartmentalisation of existence where everyone is happy in conviction that we are, in fact, individual, and yet confine ourselves in the routines we impose on ourselves and the things we do, places we go and the consumption patterns we cling to.
This is a thought that has been running around in my head for some years now, especially after having moved from one culture to another about a decade ago.
Im open to discussions on this.

SEATTLE. Street photography. Downtown Seattle. Upon returning from almost six months in India, walking around the streets of downtown seattle is an interesting concept. Getting access to people in India is not even a consideration as people will generally walk up to you and either stare at you out of curiosity, or will stop and talk, and in some cases will look at you and get on with what they are doing. There was never any issue with my presence and if I asked 99% of the time people would be very happy to have their photograph taken.  Seattle however is radically different to this, mainly because of how we perceive ourselves let alone what we think of you the photographer.  It seems to me that in US individuality is championed and defended with great vigour, and the exact opposite is the case in India, where Indians generally see themselves as being part of a greater whole.  The construct as it seems to occur in the US is just that, a vague, preconceived, compartmentalisation of existence where everyone is happy in conviction that we are, in fact, individual, and yet confine ourselves in the routines we impose on ourselves and the things we do, places we go and the consumption patterns we cling to.  This is a thought that has been running around in my head for some years now, especially after having moved from one culture to another about a decade ago.  Im open to discussions on this.

SEATTLE. Street photography. Downtown Seattle. Upon returning from almost six months in India, walking around the streets of downtown seattle is an interesting concept. Getting access to people in India is not even a consideration as people will generally walk up to you and either stare at you out of curiosity, or will stop and talk, and in some cases will look at you and get on with what they are doing. There was never any issue with my presence and if I asked 99% of the time people would be very happy to have their photograph taken.
Seattle however is radically different to this, mainly because of how we perceive ourselves let alone what we think of you the photographer.
It seems to me that in US individuality is championed and defended with great vigour, and the exact opposite is the case in India, where Indians generally see themselves as being part of a greater whole.
The construct as it seems to occur in the US is just that, a vague, preconceived, compartmentalisation of existence where everyone is happy in conviction that we are, in fact, individual, and yet confine ourselves in the routines we impose on ourselves and the things we do, places we go and the consumption patterns we cling to.
This is a thought that has been running around in my head for some years now, especially after having moved from one culture to another about a decade ago.
Im open to discussions on this.

SEATTLE. Street photography. Downtown Seattle. Upon returning from almost six months in India, walking around the streets of downtown seattle is an interesting concept. Getting access to people in India is not even a consideration as people will generally walk up to you and either stare at you out of curiosity, or will stop and talk, and in some cases will look at you and get on with what they are doing. There was never any issue with my presence and if I asked 99% of the time people would be very happy to have their photograph taken.  Seattle however is radically different to this, mainly because of how we perceive ourselves let alone what we think of you the photographer.  It seems to me that in US individuality is championed and defended with great vigour, and the exact opposite is the case in India, where Indians generally see themselves as being part of a greater whole.  The construct as it seems to occur in the US is just that, a vague, preconceived, compartmentalisation of existence where everyone is happy in conviction that we are, in fact, individual, and yet confine ourselves in the routines we impose on ourselves and the things we do, places we go and the consumption patterns we cling to.  This is a thought that has been running around in my head for some years now, especially after having moved from one culture to another about a decade ago.  Im open to discussions on this.

SEATTLE. Street photography. Downtown Seattle. Upon returning from almost six months in India, walking around the streets of downtown seattle is an interesting concept. Getting access to people in India is not even a consideration as people will generally walk up to you and either stare at you out of curiosity, or will stop and talk, and in some cases will look at you and get on with what they are doing. There was never any issue with my presence and if I asked 99% of the time people would be very happy to have their photograph taken.
Seattle however is radically different to this, mainly because of how we perceive ourselves let alone what we think of you the photographer.
It seems to me that in US individuality is championed and defended with great vigour, and the exact opposite is the case in India, where Indians generally see themselves as being part of a greater whole.
The construct as it seems to occur in the US is just that, a vague, preconceived, compartmentalisation of existence where everyone is happy in conviction that we are, in fact, individual, and yet confine ourselves in the routines we impose on ourselves and the things we do, places we go and the consumption patterns we cling to.
This is a thought that has been running around in my head for some years now, especially after having moved from one culture to another about a decade ago.
Im open to discussions on this.

SEATTLE. Street photography. Downtown Seattle. Upon returning from almost six months in India, walking around the streets of downtown seattle is an interesting concept. Getting access to people in India is not even a consideration as people will generally walk up to you and either stare at you out of curiosity, or will stop and talk, and in some cases will look at you and get on with what they are doing. There was never any issue with my presence and if I asked 99% of the time people would be very happy to have their photograph taken.  Seattle however is radically different to this, mainly because of how we perceive ourselves let alone what we think of you the photographer.  It seems to me that in US individuality is championed and defended with great vigour, and the exact opposite is the case in India, where Indians generally see themselves as being part of a greater whole.  The construct as it seems to occur in the US is just that, a vague, preconceived, compartmentalisation of existence where everyone is happy in conviction that we are, in fact, individual, and yet confine ourselves in the routines we impose on ourselves and the things we do, places we go and the consumption patterns we cling to.  This is a thought that has been running around in my head for some years now, especially after having moved from one culture to another about a decade ago.  Im open to discussions on this.

SEATTLE. Street photography. Downtown Seattle. Upon returning from almost six months in India, walking around the streets of downtown seattle is an interesting concept. Getting access to people in India is not even a consideration as people will generally walk up to you and either stare at you out of curiosity, or will stop and talk, and in some cases will look at you and get on with what they are doing. There was never any issue with my presence and if I asked 99% of the time people would be very happy to have their photograph taken.
Seattle however is radically different to this, mainly because of how we perceive ourselves let alone what we think of you the photographer.
It seems to me that in US individuality is championed and defended with great vigour, and the exact opposite is the case in India, where Indians generally see themselves as being part of a greater whole.
The construct as it seems to occur in the US is just that, a vague, preconceived, compartmentalisation of existence where everyone is happy in conviction that we are, in fact, individual, and yet confine ourselves in the routines we impose on ourselves and the things we do, places we go and the consumption patterns we cling to.
This is a thought that has been running around in my head for some years now, especially after having moved from one culture to another about a decade ago.
Im open to discussions on this.

SEATTLE. Street photography. Downtown Seattle. Upon returning from almost six months in India, walking around the streets of downtown seattle is an interesting concept. Getting access to people in India is not even a consideration as people will generally walk up to you and either stare at you out of curiosity, or will stop and talk, and in some cases will look at you and get on with what they are doing. There was never any issue with my presence and if I asked 99% of the time people would be very happy to have their photograph taken.  Seattle however is radically different to this, mainly because of how we perceive ourselves let alone what we think of you the photographer.  It seems to me that in US individuality is championed and defended with great vigour, and the exact opposite is the case in India, where Indians generally see themselves as being part of a greater whole.  The construct as it seems to occur in the US is just that, a vague, preconceived, compartmentalisation of existence where everyone is happy in conviction that we are, in fact, individual, and yet confine ourselves in the routines we impose on ourselves and the things we do, places we go and the consumption patterns we cling to.  This is a thought that has been running around in my head for some years now, especially after having moved from one culture to another about a decade ago.  Im open to discussions on this.

SEATTLE. Street photography. Downtown Seattle. Upon returning from almost six months in India, walking around the streets of downtown seattle is an interesting concept. Getting access to people in India is not even a consideration as people will generally walk up to you and either stare at you out of curiosity, or will stop and talk, and in some cases will look at you and get on with what they are doing. There was never any issue with my presence and if I asked 99% of the time people would be very happy to have their photograph taken.
Seattle however is radically different to this, mainly because of how we perceive ourselves let alone what we think of you the photographer.
It seems to me that in US individuality is championed and defended with great vigour, and the exact opposite is the case in India, where Indians generally see themselves as being part of a greater whole.
The construct as it seems to occur in the US is just that, a vague, preconceived, compartmentalisation of existence where everyone is happy in conviction that we are, in fact, individual, and yet confine ourselves in the routines we impose on ourselves and the things we do, places we go and the consumption patterns we cling to.
This is a thought that has been running around in my head for some years now, especially after having moved from one culture to another about a decade ago.
Im open to discussions on this.

Colourful sojourn into celebration..

Seattle Gay Pride 2013

Selections from Seattle Gay Pride 2013

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2013.05.09 7

I am in room Nothing. Im going to call it Seven. Its the joker in the pack of rooms Ive stayed in, in India so far. Bhopal, Goa, Kumbh, Varanasi, Pushkar, Bhopal, Goa. Seven Rooms, three of them were number 7, the rest didnt have any numbers, like this one, my brightly Orange Hindu bedroom #7.

Every room, starrts out as a functional respite from the rigours of travel, traversing ground over time to exist in another space for an alloted time. Every room, after a while becomes stagnant, and somewhat intolerable, a reminder of impersonal functionality it serves, imposing cost, and inevitable build up to departure to the next place. The space becomes familiar and a nest as best possible within the constraints. The room exists for a period and it is your prerogative to either ignore it and spend as much time out of it as possible, or to concede to it. There is no way of personalizing the space, as the knowledge exists that you will be leaving that room in a foreseeable period, and with that it becomes a crater for the veritable bag explosion when you are finally done with negotiations and finances. Just as quickly it becomes the events of the period which in some case are best left in the room when the door is closed and the bill is paid.

 

Its impossible to be tidy, your bag is designed to take as much as you brought and its designed to take that load utilizing every possible area of volume the space will take. So the contents spring out and are organized into whats needed, what is to be washed and what isn’t needed, which means piles.

If theres a desk it becomes my office, cables wires chargers batteries keys tools trinkets and gadgets adorn the surface. The equipment stays in the case because its safe from humidity, dust, heat and insects.

The bed becomes the other desk, designed perfectly to house everything at arms reach when you are laying under the 720rpm ceiling fan buffeting you with slightly cooler air, too drenched in your own sweat to contemplate anything other then momentary thoughts and vignettes of the days events before drifting in and out of sleep for the next five hours while fighting with mosquitos.

Pushkar to Bhopal

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Pushkar is the Brahman Hindu ‘Capital’ photography there now is limited due to arbitrary rules.

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beautiful hard contrasty light.

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Tribal people are without a doubt the most attractive people I have ever seen.

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Mining, by hammering holes into solid rock and jamming dodgy dynamite into the hole. three sets of three guys were ferrying trailer loads of this Marble to Ajmere to sell, this amateur effort will in time be picked up by the chinese who are ruthless business people and next thing you know this mountain wont exist anymore. 500rs ($10) for a 1×1 meter slab of marble.

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around every corner.

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Pigeons home to roost on the temple rooftops in Pushkar.

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Chicken Express

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A boy re-threads string from a bobbin onto his spool for kite flying. He used a bicycle wheel to make it happen. Innovate.

From Lucknow to Maha Kumbh Mela 2013

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I think this is the only shot I took in Lucknow. It was straight off the plane and into the hands of a bunch of 20 something white people who navigated the financials with a taxi driver to take us on the “2.5” hour drive to Allahabad which ended up being 5.5 hours. There were 5 of us in the car, 2 russians 2 yanks and an Austrian. The russians were a Teacher~Learner Combo the austrian was an intellectual student and then there was me and Charlie.

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The landscape up here is quite different to Goa, but not insanely different, the views from the car window were very serene the kind of image of India Id expected to see when I first got here. Unfortunately I had no time to get out and shoot any images. However every 30 minutes there was a small town and though similar they were all different. I wont know what the names of them ar until I have a better connection and the time to go through my GPS and google earth..

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This town apparently doesnt like cars..

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20 minute cram job traffic jam where EVERYone sits on the car horn whilst waiting for something they have zero control over -the train- passes through. –note the guy in the middle of the pic taking a piss! This is something I will miss back in the US, just being able to whip it out like we were kids in Ireland and take a whizz behind a bush or do it india Style and just letter rip in full view..

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The first view I had of the Ganga river (Ganges) was through the linearity of the passing two dimensional stage sets that are life as you you drive by in a car..

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Mother Ganga, this is one of 20 or so pontoon bridges built by the Army Core of Engineers a long time ago, they are still as functional as they were back whenever they were built, and they provide a striking visual narrative to traversing this giant river.

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My first visual exploration of my Ashram or Camp was to not shoot it but to shoot out the back and see whats over the wall.. MILLIONS of heavy canvas army tents provided for free to anyone who wants to use them. Straw floors, a trench for shit and piss, and a faucet for every 50 tents. Functional and luxury for some. I saw some families inside these tents with their own lamps and fired going inside the tents, the tent material is a very heavy oiled canvas with moisture inside. theres a small flap for a vent which is completely ineffectual, but to locals that level of smoke is acceptable.

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In stark contrast, my room, has power, two lights, three mattresses and a flushing non indian style toilet and hot and cold water… I feel a bit of a fraud having this luxury but since the storms hit I feel ok about being a fraud.

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The fisrt thing I see the morning of the 13th. The color is so intense that even in shade the camera cant even begin to describe the colors accurately.

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The crowd at this years Mela is varied..

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This is a typical Ashram entrance, the workmanship is impressive, some of these things are 40 stories hight and are made from relief painted canvas stretched over intricate bamboo infrastructure. The work is really amazing. This particular one is all of the above plus sculpted polystyrene.

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Lunch was very kindly provede by the Brahman monks who sit on mats in rows and are given plates made from banana leaves which are stitched together with twigs, and then steam pressed to look like prison plates!!! and these are amazing, completely biodegradable and for all you wankers out there organic too. This chap definitely wanted to have his picture taken and after I did he arranged for us to get dinner. After the meal the monks are handed 10 Rupee notes as a blessing, and I expected that Id have to pay so I offered and I got laughed it by 200 monks!

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This is the brahman guru and his sadhu who fed us. He recently had a haircut and he showed me his picture in the paper pre-cut and I recon he lost about 20 years after the cut. What a sweet guy, I took a bunch of pictures for him and he was just non stop friendly.

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This is one hell of a bridge.. and I have quite a few pictures of it. Taj Expressway Ring Road Bridge.

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Charlie sitting in the Naga Ashram (the name fails me now), and one of the Babas sat beside us and called him “Motorcycle Baba”

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Pop Corn! I swear I only saw this once in the whole time Ive been here!

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Ganga

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Ganga

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Theres a lot of these guy about, I dont think they are Babas and they are not Hari Krishna

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The end of the road I am on in Sector 9 on the way down to the Sangam where the bathe will occur.

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The white spots are Lye placed in a wicker bascket and plonked onto the ground to deposit just enough Lye to later be swept over the ground by someone else. The sanitation and littler control at the Kumbh is extremely impressive. Everything is done by hand, and every road is taken care of at night.

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Taj Expressway Ring Road Bridge.

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A fortune teller. The bird comes out of the cage and picks a card, and that card has your fortune on it. He gets the bird back in the cage by reaching around the back of the cage and pretending to feed it. Its impressive.

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The other famous bridge here is the railway bridge.. ohh if I could only get on top of that thing the image possibility would be incredible.. Its clearly a lot older then the other bridge as its redbrick. I dont know what its called but a name I found is Jhusi Railway..

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Nice handwriting

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Baba 1008 and the rest I cant even begin to spell or pronounce. His thing is peace and divinity through self awareness and his party trick is to drink out of a Human skull. These guys are all show men no doubt about it even though they say they are not.. He was a very nice guy a friend of Charlies, and he introduced me to two college professors who would like to work with me in the future.. !

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And then there are the complete show queens..

 

Fun Times in Indias Socially Changing Landscape.

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Still learning the finesses of nuspeak here in the rapidly changing landscape of entrepreneurial India.. Ill take a WTF for here please and a ThumbsUp -no ice..

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Thats the best place to put the bouncing castle, and stem current population growth. DB Mall in Bhopal, Malls are gargantuan here, and around them is typically wasteland.

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The last of the Wandering Minstrels. Men who float around with their worldly possessions seeking to play music for a few rupee. A seriously dying breed, perhaps less then a decade from now these people will most likely no longer exist.

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The Pony Kids of Dublin have definitely had an influence here me thinks…

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New Bhopal, I didnt come to this part of town much because its pretty homogeneous cleaner and people are not as friendly.

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In traffic, everyone is facing each other beeping horns and shouting at each other, and amazingly enough amidst the foray there is functionality, every gets to go and no jam lasts more then a few seconds.

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Chai! My favorite, black tea, ginger, salt, sugar, milk and cream. Served hot, fast and sweet. Its the best thing in the world! The salt recipe is strictly an Islamic thing. I love the glasses, like ice-cream cones, tables are merely a grid of lats that the glasses sit in..

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Compliments of the house sir please take my picture.

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TILA CAFE JAMALPURA, Islamic Cafe in the old part of town where the traffic is OFF THE FUCKING CHARTS…..