During my career, I traveled to many far away locations. At times I had opportunities to travel and explore my surroundings. I have a confession to make, I feel most excited about traveling when I know I am about to discover truly different world, customs, food, dance, music, and people. India, to me, was the most colourful world I had ever experienced.
I wished I had taken so many more photos, but my outside-work time was limited. I dream to return.
This first photo was taken during a special celebration. I tried to capture the essence of the prayer and ritual components. Flower necklaces, bright fruit placed in gold toned trays, and adornments of regal style provide a beautiful display of bright colours.
There were several festivals during the time I was in Bangalore. Popped up stages would be adorned with statues, flowers, offerings, murals, and various handcrafted artifacts. Not knowing the actual rituals, I stood by and observed with reverence, the worshipers’ actions. I couldn’t understand one word, but I could feel the energy, I could sense the connection between the group members, and I felt totally at ease. This photo was the aftermath of a day of prayers and offerings. Again, I am drawn to the colours of the powders.
In the corporate world of India, visitors are typically not allowed to rent a car without a designated driver. I for one was so thankful for Mawdem my kind and protective driver who was assigned to help me get around Bangalore. He also took me to out of town scenic drives and visits to zoos, castles, and points of interests. Visiting markets soon became one of my favorite activities. I so enjoy people watching, and where better to do this but in a bustling market area!
This picture always makes me smile. What beautiful and colourful wind toys! If I lived in a corporate apartment I would have bought some for bright decorations, however since I lived in the hotel, it was best to give him the value of one toy in exchange for letting me capture the moment.
Mawdem took a few of our clients and me to a nearby city to visit some temples and see an evening light show. We had a great day visiting temples and meeting many monkeys. We ate dinner at a small local restaurant where the food was delicious. Once darkness took over the park, the light show mesmerized most of the spectators. Classical music played and the water danced to it! It was a magical experience!
Where was your most colourful travel location?