Sunday, 2 March 2008

Sensations

I have been asked about sounds. Sensations rather? Colourful, noisy. Smells of spices. The noise is paramount. Vehicles often have 'hoot your horn' on the back. Why? Because you may be going to overtake on either side and the driver may not be aware you are there anyway. So you hoot. There are lots of hooters - some are musical, some are short and sharp. If you have both, you put your hand on the musical one and keep it there as you overtake. In the busy parts of the towns, the cacophany is all you hear. If you are on the balcony of your room in the Amarvilas Hotel you may hear the sound of the mezoin calling to prayer. Or the sound of the fair that is going on a little way away. And as you listen, you can see the Taj looming through the murk. There are other countries that are more colourful but there is lots of colour in India, mostly to be found in the ladies' saris.








5 comments:

Pondside said...

Oh Withy, you have really got me wanting to be there. I've enjoyed all your posts and the photos, but loved this last one - this is what I love - the words that put me right there! I want to be in the midst of the cacaphony and colour!

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Gorgeous gorgeous clothes and yes I can see and hear and smell now through your descriptions and pictures.

I think I would enjoy it all to begin with and find it exciting, but I would suspect the noise and dust and riotous smells wear you down after a while as a visitor. I guess if you have grown up with it though it is just part of life.

Cait O'Connor said...

The colours and spice would appeal to me but not the heat. Did you see the very poor areas?

Milla said...

great photos - particularly the middle one somehow with those odd shadows going off left. But the colours in the bottom one make one yearn for sun!

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