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India Part 1

Short Talk: I finally got back my internet connection!!! Sorry for the long wait.

Here comes the anticipated post - my India trip.

Was I excited when my sister told me that she’s bringing me to India for a pre-wedding shoot? Well, I was actually delighted to be invited for trip because I would get the opportunity to learn from the wedding photographer himself, Yeh.

Many people asked me: “Why of all places, India?” and my reply would be: “I seriously have no idea?”

India, best known for its majestic forts and ancient monuments such as the Taj Mahal would be a great place for one to expand one’s creativity in photography. I couldn’t agree with it more.

In this post, you’re going to experience the condition in India as what I have seen and experienced. I didn’t really take much scenery photographs because most of the time I was juggling with speedlites and reflector.

The moment we landed in New Delhi, I was terrified by the dusty condition. It may seem foggy like Genting Highlands, but trust me; the air you’re about to breathe is not chilly but dusty.

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I can say that I am now contented to be a Malaysian. Extreme poverty is no longer a problem in our country. But in India, you can see its poverty-stricken people flagging down cars to beg for a living.

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The contrast between the rich and the poor is big; the rich can be very rich and the poor can be very poor.

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I could still remember there was this lady who came to me during the first morning at the hotel entrance. She was begging money from me but being a foreigner, I could hardly understand what she was trying to say and ignored her instead. Some of you might think that I am cruel for not donating money to her. But if I was to do so, the whole village would come after me. It was a decision between humanity and safety in which I chose the latter.

And there was this boy who wanted to offer me a shoe-shine. Sadly, I rejected his offer because I wasn’t wearing any leather shoes but a pair of sneakers.

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I was advised to eat hygienic food because foreigners are vulnerable to food poisoning in India. After seeing the condition in India, I had convinced myself to at least eat in a restaurant compared to the roadside hawker stalls.

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We even drank countless bottles of mineral bottled water and soft drinks to keep ourselves hydrated.

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Majority of the people in India are concerned about cost compared to comfort. For instance, they would prefer to fit as much passengers as possible in a bus to reduce the operation cost.

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Besides that, they would prefer using man-powered bicycle to transport goods everywhere. Trishaws are commonly used as taxis to chauffeur tourists as well as the locals.

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One thing I like about India is its vibrant colours. From trucks to buildings as well as clothing, each of them is colourfully painted which makes a good photography opportunity.

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Please stay tune for more to come.

“India Part 1”

  1. Blogger Joanne Says:

    sorry that you could not take scenic pictures in India.. :(

  2. Blogger dlt2 Says:

    are the 3 indian men on a kapcai colourful too?

  3. Blogger Patrick Says:

    joanne : its ok. =) at least I had learnt alot from the trip.xD

    dlt2: no they weren't colourful.xD