A Lasting Memory

Curious Companion

Curious Companion

It was a beautiful, clear morning in South India. I boarded a local bus to the next town where I could easily tick off my long shopping list. I was grateful to get a seat as this route gets packed, mostly with students on their way to school.

The view out the window is familiar but stunning with its fields, bright red earth, occasional lagoons and scenic temple spires looming skyward. Women tend to sit together on buses and some buses even have a ladies section.  I sensed that the local woman seated next to me was studying me in great detail. I smiled at her. With extreme shyness and hesitation, she smiled back.

She touched my bracelets, admired my embroidered salwar/kameez outfit and admired my matching tie dye dupatta/traditional chest scarf. She pointed to my long hair and light-colored eyes too. Her friends across the aisle watched this interaction with near envy. For a moment, I was a celebrity.

When we finally got to our destination, I pulled out my camera and with sign language asked if I could take her picture. This is the result and remains a wonderful lasting memory.


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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5 Responses to A Lasting Memory

  1. Andy Schwartz says:

    blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } An evocative anecdote (put me right there) and a great photo. Thanks, Nina! After yesterday’s snowstorm, it’s like 21 degrees this morning in Brooklyn but we’re getting through…Elle Smith and I have plans for a week in Sarasota FL from March 5-11…Love,Andy Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

  2. Jackie says:

    That’s very odd because I thought I replied earlier today, but obviously it got lost. You have been quiet and I have missed your stunning photographs. Are you back in NYC now? It is a rather wonderful picture. Her face could tell a thousand stories.

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