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.
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.