7 Super Shots from India and Canada

Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

7 photos that make me laugh, think and dream

The hand prints of women about to commit sati; an off-duty Naga Sadhu; a dish inspired by the last dinner on the Titanic … just three of my 7 Super Shots. I’m highlighting seven photographs in a game of blog tag. Thanks to Kit Whelan of Seek New Travel for tagging me to participate in 7 Super Shots from HostelBookers. I have never met Kit, but I am convinced we are related as my grandmother’s maiden name was Whelan … and because I would WANT to be related to Kit!

So, without further ado here are my seven super shots. I hope you enjoy viewing them even just a seventh as much as I enjoyed taking them!

1. A photo that makes me dream

The photo above was taken from my hotel room across Lake Pichola, in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India — one of the dreamiest places I have ever been. It’s all Maharajah Palaces and winding bazaars and rooftop restaurants. I want to live there. Maybe I will ….

2. A photo that tells a story

On a different trip to Rajasthan (I’ve been about five times!), I had my friend take this photo of me touching the sati hand prints at the entrance to Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. The wives of a Maharajah killed in battle made these hand prints on their way out of the fort to be immolated on his funeral pyre. This practise was called sati, and is illegal in India today. Thank goodness.

At Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

At Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

3. A photo that makes me laugh

In 2010 I went to the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, India. It’s the largest spiritual gathering on earth and attracts millions of pilgrims, pandits, sadhus and others. I spent one afternoon hangin’ within the Naga Sadhus — India’s famous naked holy men — where I snapped this.

Naga Sadhu, Kumbh Mela, Haridwar India 2010

Naga Sadhu, Kumbh Mela, Haridwar, India 2010

4. A photo I am proud of

I snapped this at the beginning of my walk along the entire length of Marine Drive in Mumbai, where I ended up at dusk at Chowpatty Beach. I’m just surprised this is so awesome, that’s all I can say. I wish I could figure out how I took it, so I can take more like it.

Marine Drive, Mumbai, India

Marine Drive, Mumbai, India

5. A photo that takes my breath away

Truly, I don’t have the photographic skill for this category. You have to SEE the world’s third-highest mountain, Kanchendzonga, looming over Darjeeling, India to believe it. And it doesn’t happen often that you get a clear day like this. I was very lucky, the day I went up Tiger Hill to see this mountain at sunrise … luckier still because it was my birthday.

6. A photo that makes me think

When I first traveled in India, in 2005-06, I had just started blogging. My readers wanted me to write a post about what India’s “really like.” So one day I walked from my hotel room in Chennai directly east until I got to the beach and snapped whatever I saw. I made a photo essay of the result, and this was one of the photos I took.

On the street in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

On the street in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

7. A photo that is mouth-watering

I hope you don’t get the idea from this photo that I don’t like Indian food! Nothing could be further from the truth. I just don’t take a lot of food shots and this one turned out well, so…. It’s very recent, from last weekend, in Halifax. I went there to cover the Titanic centenary events, and each night ate a Titanic-themed dinner. This is Oysters a la Russe from the 5 Fishermen restaurant. I don’t eat meat, but I do love seafood.

Oysters a la Russe, 5 Fishermen, Halifax, Canada

Oysters a la Russe, 5 Fishermen, Halifax, Canada

Now, it’s your turn

I am nominating the following 5 Travel Blogs to take part:

1. Uncornered Market

2. Legal Nomads

3. Man on the Lam

4. Wild Junket

5. White Indian Housewife

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11 Responses to 7 Super Shots from India and Canada

  1. Doc Wends April 21, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    One of my future destinations is India and these photos you have here are impressive and yes, awesome. I would love to cover these too when I step my foot on India one day.

    Your photos are inspiring and thank you for making it one of my inspirations to keep dreaming on.

  2. Carlo+Geneva April 21, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    Greats shots of India! Love the Super 7 Shots game!

  3. Kit Whelan April 21, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    Beautiful shots! I especially love the one with the little boy. I haven’t been to India yet, but these photos have me dreaming of it! 🙂

  4. Mariellen April 21, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Thanks everyone! I’m glad Kit tagged me in this, because I don;t really think of myself as a photographer and this “game” made me take a look at my photos in a new way.

    But, the truth is, if you can’t take a good photo of India, you are in trouble! It is a photographer’s paradise, a feast for the eyes and all the sense,

    Okay, Kit, maybe we’ll just have to go there together!

    Mariellen

  5. rashmi April 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    All the photos are great.Each one has its own story.

  6. Mariellen April 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Thanks Rashmi. I always say that India is a land of stories.

  7. Nomadic Samuel April 23, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    Those are incredible photos! I love the diversity in your selection 🙂

  8. Mariellen April 23, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Thanks Samuel. It was really fun to do. Have you been tagged?

  9. Nisha April 23, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Great photos of India, my country!
    They truly say, a photo is worth 1000 words. 🙂

    Oh, I would love to be part of this fun run. 🙂

  10. Ravindra April 27, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    The true pictures of India. Great photos and informative post.

  11. Cristina May 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Mariellen, your photos are so rich and full of emotion. If you didn’t consider yourself a photographer you certainly should!

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