Walking the Back Lanes

Chess Players

Chess Players

Walking the back lanes is always such a different view and experience than sticking to the main street and often comes with unexpected visual pleasures. I shot the following photographs on the same short block in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Drum Makers

Drum Makers

Although this lane wasn’t far from the main street, it offered an entirely different perspective. And a few smiles too.

A Few Smiles

A Few Smiles

Naturally, along with the smiles, comes curiosity.



Curiosity is good. It brought me to India and to this back lane and changed the course of my life.


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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4 Responses to Walking the Back Lanes

  1. I always love walking the back lanes. You never know what will turn up around the next corner. Lovely images full of life and colours.

  2. ninagrandiose says:

    So much inspiration just waiting to be captured; it is intoxicating .Oh, I like that…full of life and colours…just like India! Thanks, Otto.

  3. Once again, fresh images. I love the pictures you take. I returned to India after 14 years, last November and my best memory is looking for my grandmother’s house in Bilimora, Gujerat.
    What a trip! …and finally the capturing of an image that I will no longer have to dredge up from memory but one that I can go back to, anytime, with a quick search on my cellphone camera.
    I was inspired by your blog to be aware of these moments and took many picture. Looking forward always!

  4. ninagrandiose says:

    I am so touched and pleased that my blog and my photographs inspired you. India, in its own right, is very inspiring…and you were on a mission. Sounds as if it was accomplished! Don’t wait another 14 years. Thank you for the compliment.

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