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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 10 hours ago 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 yesterday at mosaic road
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The Indian ladies look stunning in their brightly coloured national dress, the Saree. Each sari is 5 to 6 meters in length wrapped, twisted and knotted in quite a complex method. It is worn over a petticoat and a short sleeve midriff length blouse. I don't think I ever saw the same fabric twice and the fabrics are truly gorgeous with lots of silks, satins and sequins even for everyday street wear. I did not buy one as I could see myself looking more like a very inelegant Egyptian mummy after my wrapping and tying efforts or worse still ,having... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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Indian people, like Moroccans, love sweets and sugary snacks. I watched this man cooking jalebi on the sidewalk in Bangelore. Coils of dough are deep fried till crisp then soaked in sugar syrup. My sister said they were super rich and ultra sweet. I said no thank you to the lovely man slaving away over a hot deep fryer in the midday sun, preferring to watch than sample.....just this once. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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A warm sweet homey banana smell pervades several alleys of the Mysore market . These corridors are devoted to selling bananas in every shape, size and kind imaginable. I have never seen so many bananas in my life ! Do Indians eat a banana only diet ?? Do they all get sold ?? Makes me long to bake some banana muffins. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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I saw a description online about Indian architecture that I loved, it was said to be 'a vast tapestry'. I have seen thatched huts to wedding cake palaces, crumbling hovels to rainbow terraces and loved it all. And temples, everywhere, big and small, sculpted with multi colored deities in bas-relief. The biggest influences have been of course the religions - Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism and the successive invasions by the French, Dutch, Portuguese and English. The epic past colonisation by the Britsish is very noticeable in the old Victoriana mansions and terraces, spired churches and beautiful parklands. Of course, now... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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I visited the Indian version of Starbucks today. It's a chain called Cafe Coffee Day with about 1500 outlets across India. Coffee was great but best of all was the clean Western style restroom. Same bored looking staff though....must be a worldwide syndrome in chain coffee places. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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Beautiful people in this country, hard hard workers with life lived in the streets, similar in this way to Morocco. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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Can I or should I or do I ? How does India compare to Morocco. For anyone who lives in Morocco these Indian street scenes will be very familiar. Both places have chaotic roads choked with traffic. Marrakech has the donkey carts and Mysore has the wandering cows but both have the speeding motor bikes, optional road rules and pedestrians who take their lives into their own hands, strolling on the roads as the pavements are too broken up to walk on. Helmets, thankfully, are mostly worn by the motorcyclists here in India but rarely seen in Morocco. The two... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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A giant image of Nandi the bull sits halfway up the one thousand steps to the temple on Chamundi Hill here in Mysore. It was carved 350 years ago on that site from a huge boulder that was found there . In the Hindu religion Nandi carries the god of destruction Shiva on his back. This icon is 16 feet high and 24 feet long and is atop a 4 foot high platform, so hard to miss !!! The steps up to the temple go via bushland and are traversed by pilgrims, locals and tourists. Leopards are rumoured to roam... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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I visited an Ashram ( religious retreat) today where there is a bird rehabilitation sanctuary and a big bonsai garden. The bird centre was shut for renovation but I came across a sad looking thin horse ( painted yellow with a plaited mane ) as we entered. When we were leaving we passed it being led by and I patted it and spoke to the carer. It had come to the retreat in a very bad state and he had nursed it back to health . He was carrying a big bag of carrots for it and gave me the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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The typewriter lives on....in India....as does illiteracy, sadly. I came across this row of scribes yesterday. They type letters in the official language, Kannada and also in English plus fill out forms. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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The India I learned about in primary school is the India I am seeing today. All those quintessential photos in my geography books have come to life for me on this trip. Here are some street scenes from the last few days that have been lifted straight from those pages. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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Yesterday we visited an area called Melukote, known for its hand weaving. We wandered through some fascinating back alleys in this big Hindu village and met some lovely locals. In one home where an enormous loom took up most of the living area we discovered that the silk weaver is paid 90 rupees per metre , which is under two Australian dollars. He can only weave a meter per day. He works seven days a week and if he gets sick then his wife must step up and do the job. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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This fairyland is the Mysore Palace, lit up by 98,260 bulbs. It is lit up like this once a week and only for 45 minutes to keep the electricity bill down !!!! The palace includes 12 Hindu temples, a museum and expansive gardens plus residents quarters for the Royal Family. Interestingly enough the architect was British and the building was influenced by Hindu, Gothic, Muslim and Rajput styles with its marble domes, 145 foot tower, arches, mahogany floors and solid silver doors. This palace is considered a national treasure and its no wonder 3.5 million people visit it each year. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at mosaic road
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No house, no toilet and no running water but big smiles. Mum, Dad, Granny and four kids share a small tent on a main road right by a service station. Funnily enough they have a whacking great big TV in that space and a mobile phone. Their basket weaving business looks to be doing ok and you can tell that the kids are happy and healthy. We, in the western world, who have so much, need to get a bit of perspective I think. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at mosaic road
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Here is just another little array of some the fun coloured animals that crossed my path yesterday . They were in every street after being blessed and fed special food called Pongal, a savoury rice dish. I loved the green horns !! Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at mosaic road
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Sugar is a topic close to my heart, taste buds and stomach !! In India (and across Asia) there is a type of brown sugar called jaggery used in a lot of their confectionary. It is often made by local farmers and I visited a shed on a local farm today where the simple process takes place. Sugar cane is juiced and boiled till it becomes a soluble paste. It is sold in blocks and tastes like molasses. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at mosaic road
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Sankranti is a solstice festival celebrated under different names and in lots of ways across India on January 14. It is both a religious and seasonal celebration. In Karnataka where I am just now, it is also considered a harvest festival. During this time the livestock, especially the cows, are blessed and dyed yellow with turmeric water. They may wear garlands of flowers and have their horns and hooves painted. For fun this year it seems other colours are being used to decorate the animals and I saw green and pink sheep, orange goats and blue oxen. Happy Sankranti everyone... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at mosaic road
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A lot of Saree and clothing shops have samples, even quite ornate ones on display out in the streets. The models look ah....a little worse for wear and are tethered by rope in case of monsoonal winds. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at mosaic road
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Market day is every day, probably half the night too. The produce is beautiful and varied and fresh from the fields, orchards and plantations. The ladies sit crosslegged in jewel coloured saris amongst their fruits and vegetables hoping for sales. The vast number of stalls stretches out in every direction so there is much competition. It looked to me like the most common items for sale were bananas, onions and chillies...and flowers....but that's a whole different market. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at mosaic road
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Not much explanation needed here....the naturally air conditioned trains are fun and action packed and a great way to interact with locals. So many of the people are keen to strike up conversations in English and share their food. Such fun !! Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at mosaic road
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Yesterday was really about planes, trains and automobiles and the latter was an Ambassador, modelled on the British Morris Oxford...a car my mother once owned. This taxi was ancient and ramshackle, as was the driver. The Hindustan Ambassador was totally made in India and production only stopped in 2014, commencing in 1958. I think the one we travelled in must have been one of the very first off that production line and had never seen the inside of a garage since that day !!! This ancient car is still the choice of the many old school Indian bureaucrats with their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at mosaic road
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Today's adventure entailed a train trip to Mysore, not a luxe TGV style train either. My second class ticket gave me a spot on a bench seat, open windows with bars so I did not fall out and the chance to witness fabulous countryside and city scenes . Electric fans on the ceiling provide air conditioning if the open window is not enough. There was a constant, really non stop, parade up and down the train of food sellers, tea and coffee sellers, a few beggars and even a beautiful transvestite. Rail travel is something I love, no better way... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at mosaic road
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This is my first trip to India and my first night was at Laika Boutique Guesthouse in Bangelore. I was so tired as it's a long long flight from Morocco, as you can see on the map. It is lmost equidistant flight time wise between Melbourne and Marrakech so a great spot to meet my sister. I arrived early and breakfast was very welcome. The little "cakes" are spicy and savoury, cooked on top of the stove in a tin like a gem scone tin . Loads of beautiful fruit is in the markets and both pomegranate seeds and watermelon... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at mosaic road