Life Outside in India

   Resting  Brahmin

Resting Brahmin

Moment of Leisure

Moment of Leisure

Knotting Fabric for Tie Dye

Knotting Fabric for Tie Dye

It is always such a welcomed change that in most of India, especially small town India, no one is self-conscious about sitting outside and doing whatever they feel like or have to do. For some it is just watching the passing people and for others it is trying to make a sale and for others just conducting the most basic of day-to-day activities. In the west, especially in the cities, we don’t have time for the simple pleasure of watching people pass by and if we do, it can easily be turned into a guilt ridden pleasure. These days there are fewer outdoor sales’ venues as well. For most reserved westerners, the thought of being shaved outdoors and in public makes them uncomfortable along with a host of other acts that we consider private and personal that are enacted daily outside, on the street all over India.

Seated Girl

Seated Girl

Hanging Out

Hanging Out

Public Shave

Public Shave

In India, space is a very precious commodity, especially indoor space and privacy is a western concept. So it all happens on the street. For the keen observer there is a lot to take in. Life outside unfolds in multi- layers like puff pastry as layer after buttery layer melts in your mouth leaving behind a sweet after taste. India never ceases to inspire, delight and above all teach if you can receive her gift. You may just want to do that outside along with everyone else. You will fit right in.


About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.
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16 Responses to Life Outside in India

  1. Always fascinating and interesting!!!

  2. You are right; there is something special with cultures where people live on the street. We certainly have lost something in the open communal sharing here in the West. Great images you have captured on the street – that exactly captures your point.

  3. ninagrandiose says:

    Thanks, Otto. It is about finding that balance that we seem to have such difficulty with. .We are so focused on the gain and too readily ditch what we already have without valuing it. Sad, indeed. Travel helps to put it in perspective.

  4. I remember once learning that there is no Indian word for Privacy! I think that says a lot about the culture of India! No such concept of shielding others from a certain aspect of yourself, everyone’s a open book.

    • ninagrandiose says:

      That is really interesting and something that I didn’t know-though I’m not exactly surprised. Indians are great gossip mongers too, as frequently depicted in Indian soaps. Thanks for that illuminating comment.

  5. Such a great read. People watching is always so interesting, and such a genuine way to explore a culture! As a tourist, it can often be hard to make your ways to places where the locals are, thanks for letting us see this bit of culture through your eyes!

    • ninagrandiose says:

      Thanks, Claire. Knowing that people like yourself are out there reading and enjoying this makes all the difference, India and Mexico are such a part of me that I can’t imagine life without them. Photographing them and blogging about that experience is truly a pleasure. Thanks for the follow too.

  6. annetbell says:

    Love your pictures. So good to hear from you after a while! Smiles. . . .

  7. Great photos and keen observations!

  8. sb2711 says:

    Great photos!!!!! WOW.

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