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My main form of transportation on my recent India sojourn was by tuk tuk, the local name for a three wheeler auto rickshaw. Think of a wheezing eggbeater on three wheels threading its way through choking traffic. As you sit jammed three abreast in the back seat you can put your hand out and touch the vehicle beside you or converse with the occupants of the other passing vehicles as the roads are just like car parks moving at snail pace. Big decorative stickers often adorn the front window of these tuk tuks begging the question, how does the driver... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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Wandering the back streets of Mysore reveals much colour and activity. I came across a door to door sales lady with her bevy of bangles. She was surrounded by keen buyers bargaining. The jewel colours of the rows of bangles glinted so beautifully in the morning sun. I did buy but deliberated ridiculously over colours and size as the choice was just too great and too gorgeous. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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Age old situation !!! I see it here in Morocco and I saw it in India and I lived it in Australia. Women, mothers , wives, whatever role they take, have to shop and prepare meals. Mostly in Australia I shopped in the supermarket but here and in India the discerning cooks are out in the local markets and buying from the street barrows. They cast their eyes very seriously over the produce and only but top quality. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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For the Sankranti Festival everyone dresses up , even the animals . This man had washed and scrubbed his goat in the river and had pink pigment powder in a bag to sprinkle over its back and head. Definitely a goat fashion statement ! Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at mosaic road
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Milo was 'invented' in Australia in 1934 for Nestle. I saw this vintage advertising on big double warehouse doors in a town out of Mysore in India . This super food energy drink certainly has a presence all over the world !! I grew up with it, loved it on ice cream !!! I wonder if the kids in the photo have ever tried it ?? Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at mosaic road
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Everything is to do with flowers in India, that is what fills it with such colour and beauty. I did not see the flower farms but wandered the flower markets and saw the endless deliveries.....flowers by the absolute bushel pour into the markets. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at mosaic road
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It's great to visit a market when it's in full swing but it's also great to go early when the stall holders are just waiting for the onslaught of early morning shoppers...the calm before the storm, so to speak ! The vendors here were all just enjoying a bit of breathing space before the crush of customers fills the market aisles. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at mosaic road
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There's nothing like a jam session at a bus stop and I came across this man singing and playing. The stringed instrument reminded me of a lutar, a Moroccan instrument, but I think this is called a tanpura. The four strings are played in a continuous cycle, a repetitive loop, not changing at all throughout musical performance. The brass rings worn on the hand make a jingle bell sound. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at mosaic road
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In India goats are kept mainly for milk production although goat meat would be eaten by the non Hindu population. Many households own one or two and they live happily tied up outside the house. These photos were taken in the back streets of the city of Mysore. They are well looked after and are walked on a lead to find feed daily and often are washed down in the river. Then at festival time they are proudly decorated !!! Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at mosaic road
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About two weeks ago I visited a weaving co operative near Mysore in India. It was small with about five woman operating looms. Today I went to visit a similar co op just out of Marrakech. It was quite big and keeps 250 families afloat financially plus keeps a traditional local skill alive and ongoing . Only men do the weaving but the woman do embroidery, add trims, make pom-poms etc etc and they can either do the work at home or work in a room of others in a classic sewing circle? The handicrafts are gorgeous, high quality, inexpensive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at mosaic road
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Take a tyre, paint it roughly with a glue , adhere it to a wooden 'milk stool' style base, weave a cover....and a creation is born. I visited a co operative today in a Moroccan village where these amazing stools are made. A shower cap or beret style chunky woven cotton cover in grey, camel or red is fitted and glued firmly into place and an outstanding piece of furniture is ready to be sat upon. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at mosaic road
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My cat is a rescue street cat and has taken to domesticity like a duck to water. I have no idea what her past life experience has been other than that she had three kittens and a lovely French lady took her in at that time and then got all four felines vaccinated and neutered. So when she adopted me, I had to teach her about playing. I know my daughters' cat loves bags so I put this big bag out and for a long time she ignored it. On the whole she shows little interest in it but occasionally... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at mosaic road
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These huge 2.5 litre bottles of chemicals and sugar turned into soft drink are in the markets and shops in India !!!! How to poison your body !!!!! Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at mosaic road
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Fancy decorated vehicles are all the rage in India with tassels and flags and signs and lairy illustrations. Dashboards are covered in soft stuffed toys getting a free ride and noisy musical horns blare as they pass. Maybe I will do this to my Suzuki when I get home !!!! Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at mosaic road
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I found this gorgeous painted furniture in India, on the rooftop at the homestay in Mysore. I love it and even now when I see the photos I am tempted to order some. Anything with animals has my name on it. No matter where you live this would make a fun statement, inside the house or out !! Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at mosaic road
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An amazing sight in the lower part of the Bengalore flower market is the enormous group of garland making ladies, threading flowers nearly round the clock. Garlands play a huge part in Indian culture and are used to show respect to both individuals and statues. Hindu deities are decorated with garlands and each one has its own unique flower. As you can imagine a temple is full of fragrant garlands !! A traditional rite in an Indian wedding is when the bride and groom give each other a garland to wear, symbolizing the sharing of spiritual energy. Flower garlands are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at mosaic road
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Morocco has colour no question but India really has colour, in every aspect of life and in every direction I looked and on any given day . Wow factor rainbow color pops of neons and primaries, all combined, made my trip incredible . I will be going back if any one wants to join my next adventure !!! Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at mosaic road
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As I was looking out of the window of my homestay in Mysore I saw a cow wander past, as they do quite frequently. I whipped out the front door thinking I might get a photo and came across a lovely scene. A motorbike sped round the corner and screeched to a halt when the cyclist saw the cow. He produced a large tin dish from somewhere, full of food and placed it down in front for the cow. He then just sat calmly back in his seat and waited till the cow ate the meal, picked up the bowl... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at mosaic road
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I am on a hair-trigger as far as cruelty to animals is concerned and was very fearful of what I might find in India . The plight of animals in Morocco is very dismal but I got a great surprise in India. We all know the sacred cows are cherished but this goes for all animals. There are lots and lots of street dogs but I saw bowls of water and food put out on many streets. I saw only a very few very skinny dogs in rural areas. Of course dogs are hit on roads especially at night but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at mosaic road
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Indian women really treasure their long and lovely tresses and I am unsure of the reason for this tradition, it maybe religious . For the most part the beautiful Indian women all had flowing locks or thick, lengthy plaits, usually decorated with flowers. Not many women have contemporary short haircuts. The hours spent in haircare must be time consuming but well worth it. I truly admire them for their patience. Thank goodness for the heat as using a hair dryer would not be an option. I did not see a single hair salon , come to think of it,maybe they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at mosaic road
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Vendors line every nook and cranny on the streets and alleyways in Bangelore. Tiny stalls with their goods almost flowing into the traffic are the norm. Fruit, clothes, flowers and more, in every possible colour are displayed in big heaps and piles, regardless of dust , fumes and grit. While the heat plays havoc with tourists, Indian life goes on non stop. The streets are never not crowded, the traffic never abates, the calls of vendors rarely die down. India is in your face round the clock and I loved it all. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at mosaic road
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The main rites of Hindu worship called Puja, means the flower act. Hindus offer flowers to the deities as a sign of respect and ask to be blessed with good fortune. White jasmine is used to decorate doorways and statues. Marigold garlands are placed around the necks of Hindu gods and goddesses but also used in the house as the almost bitter smell deters insects. Rose petals are used both in worship and for medical ailments. I could list so, so many more flowers used importantly in day to day Hinduism . In weddings flowers represent love, affection, modesty, sensuality... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at mosaic road
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The working week is six days in length in India but those days are long and tough. It seems too, that often small businesses stay open well into the night hoping for the last minute customer. We all know about the importance of making a dollar but earning those rupees in India is especially arduous. Lots of competition, cramped working spaces, no government handouts or health and safety regulations would make owning a business very stressful. Many people are paid by day and if there is no work then there is no pay and perhaps no food on the table. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at mosaic road
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Religion in India (2011 Census of India)[1] Hinduism (79.8%) Islam (14.2%) Christianity (2.3%) Sikhism (1.7%) Buddhism (0.7%) Jainism (0.4%) Other religions (0.7%) Religion not stated (0.2%) These statistics fascinate me as it shows that there can be harmony....to some extent .....when different people with different religious beliefs cohabit closely as they do in big Indian cities . And when you see the minaret and the cathedral spire of St Philomenas within blocks of each other in Mysore, it gives me hope for the future. All regions preach peace, we just need it put into practice and every day. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at mosaic road
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Only two words needed really .....choking chaos ! Tuk tuks, cars, lorries, endless motor bikes and scooters, slow moving cows and people jammed in and banked up every which way you turn ! Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at mosaic road