India skin deep
3 December 2014

India onderhuids, Nederlandse tekst

Someone asked me how it was to travel through India for the first time. I answered it felt like stepping into a slightly to hot bath. At first you want to get out as quickly as possible, but after a minute or so it starts to get comfortable, and few minutes more you never want to get out.

Beyond the culture shock lies a country with the most friendly people you will ever meet. Sure they want to sell you a cloth, a shirt, a boat ride or maybe even some blow. But most of the time, when no deal is made, there is always a sincere moment of interest why you came to their country or a helping hand to get your bearings right.

In the 3 travels made through this vast and divers country by car and train I had the privilege to experience the mesmerizing sight of the Taj Mahal twice. Wandered the string of Varanasi ghats for days watching people cleaning their cloths and their souls. Saying farewells to their deceased loved-ones while the flames consume the bodies. Teamed-up with locals in suicide street-crossing attempts, stayed cool during ruthless negotiations about rickshaw fare and next got treated on a rollercoaster ride through heavy traffic.
When this country gets under your skin it is there to stay.

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Mother Ganga, Varanasi 2010

Deshnok, 2010

Storytellers, Deshnok 2010

Flower, Jaisalmer

Flower, Jaisalmer 2015

Barber, Jodhpur

Barber, Jodhpur 2015

Gent, Jodhpur

Gent, Jodhpur 2015

Why, Jodhpur

Aftermath, Jodhpur 2015

Strength. Varanasi 2013

Strength. Varanasi 2013

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Minder, Deshnok 2010

Vistitors. Agra, 2010

Vistitors. Agra, 2010

Reckless, Agra

Reckless, Agra 2015

 Varanasi, 2010

Wandering, Varanasi, 2010

Hyderabad, 2013

Hyderabad, 2013

Puppy love, Varanasi

Puppy love, Varanasi 2015

Dash, Kolkata, 2013

Dash, Kolkata, 2013

Ride, Hyderabad 2013

Ride, Hyderabad 2013

Jewel, Udaipur

Jewel, Udaipur 2015

Kolkata, 2013

Nap, Kolkata 2013

Varanasi 2015

Music school, Varanasi 2015

Scare, Hyderabad 2013

Scare, Hyderabad 2013

Bench, Udaipur

Bench, Udaipur 2015

Jodhpur

Blue city, Jodhpur 2015

Questions, Varanasi 2013

Questions, Varanasi 2013

Udaipur 2015

Dots, Udaipur 2015

Booth, Jodhpur

Booth, Jodhpur 2015

Platform, Jaisalmer

Platform, Jaisalmer 2015

Ektar100

Jump, Varanasi 2010

Public, Varanasi 2013

Public, Varanasi 2013

Field trip, Bangalore, 2013.

Field trip, Bangalore, 2013.

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Pilgrim, Varanasi 2010