One of the best things of India is its people. They are wonderful and amazingly nice. Everyone I met was helpful, friendly and just genuinely pleasant. I had people stop me on the street to chat, not looking for anything other than a conversation. An eye surgeon bought me a cup of coffee at the airport because “I am a visitor to India and we are happy you are here” (we actually had a nice chat about eye surgery, of which I’ve had two in each eye).
Perhaps the most wonderful thing about Indians are the way they dress and go about their daily routines. They are generally very well dressed in extremely bright clothes, especially the women. There is an explosion of color everywhere as people bath, wash their clothes, pray, and go about their lives (all generally within close reach of a ghat).
I am always a bit hesitant to take photos of people without their permission. Of course, it’s not always easy to get their permission and sometimes I want to catch them in action. I asked a few of these people and they were more than happy to have me photograph them. Others, I simply snapped the shot and then high-tailed it out of there.