May 30-31 Travel
June 1 India (at last)
June 2 Touring in
June 3 More touring in
June 4 By train to
June 5 “Rest” day and travel to Chennai
June 6 First day in Chennai
June 7 Visiting the Working Women’s Forum (WWF)
June 8 Kanchipuram-Rural Institute for Development Education (RIDE)
June 9 Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram
June 10 Rest day at the Ideal Beach Resort
June 11 To
June 13 Last day in
Bangalore traffic—I spent the day shopping. At one point the car I was riding in took 20 minutes to go around the block!
Lal Bagh botanical garden
Hibiscus—there was a temporary display of 100 different hibiscus varieties at the garden.
Gangadhareswara (Cave) Temple Mandala—the rest of this temple was under renovation so there wasn’t much to see
Vishnu and Lakshmi getting married—apparently, this is a ceremony that is part of religious rites. A worshiper can pay the priests to do the ceremony, or is this a tourist thing?? The Hindu pantheon was a bit overwhelming to this monotheist.
Tipu Sultan’s summer palace
Arches—the columns supporting these arches were solid teak wood.
A banana leaf shop—food in southern
Call center lobby—we ended our day with a tour of a call center—an example
of work “off-shored” to
More about Nrityagram dance village: http://www.nrityagram.org/
Devasthanam temple images
Devasthanam temple tank—temple tanks like these are being rehabilitated for water storage in some areas.
The Rathas—found buried in the sand, these unfinished temples were carved from single granite outcroppings
Shore temple—this temple is right on the beach and has suffered from the elements
from the “Descent to the
Drive to Kanchipuram
Stone relief memorial to Rajiv Ghandi’s life—note how this stone carving style, common in old temples, is used to display India’s ancient and modern life
Visit to RIDE
Silk sari loom—RIDE works to break the cycle of child labor—many children work on looms such as these
RIDE “bridge” school in session—this school helps child who have been child laborers transition into the public school system
Part of another self help group meeting—it was almost dark as we were late to this meeting in a more remote village. About 100 women meet with us—they were less disciplined than the previous group but much more enthusiastic
Homestay hosts—some of us did overnights in villages with staff members from RIDE. Lakshmi, along with her husband, was the host for my group. I had left my camera on the bus, but when we were picked up in the morning, I got the camera out for a photo. The camera was cold from the air conditioned bus, so it fogged up a bit.
Chennai Beach fishing boats—this community was hard hit by the tsunami.
It’s hot on the beach (aka Chennai hot dog)!
These fish vendors take part in a WWF microloan program—some of these women had to abandon their fish and run when the tsunami struck.
The WWF “bank”—the women make their loan payments and deposit their savings here.
Chennai Beach—this, the second longest beach in the world, was struck by the December tsunami.
Child at the orphanage—most children who stay long term at the orphanage are mentally or physically handicapped.
Very nice example of an Enfield
collector’s item in
Lajpat Nagar market alley (near hotel)
CNG Auto Rickshaw—busses and auto rickshaws in
Inside Sikh Temple—the constant movement of worshipers around their holy book made it hard to get good photograph of the shrine.
Swastika in Buddhist temple—swastikas are common religious symbol in
Diwan Khana-I-Am where Akbar sat to hear petitions
Panch Mahal—an evening porch
Marble inlay work like that done in the Taj Mahal
presentation on water harvesting
potential in the south of
Black water on Yamuna—Major amounts of untreated sewage enter this river in
Inside the Jama Masjid--large mosque in old
Cremation site of Gandhi—known as Raj Ghat, the
cremation site for kings
Example of recycled Hindu temple material—at the site of Qutb Minar was a complex of ruins that included the Quwwatal-Islam Mosque. Much of the construction had been done from stone taken from Hindu temples destroyed by the Muslim invaders. In this example, the “graven” image had been defaced to make is acceptable to Muslims
Hey, Audrey and Halla—this stone grill is like those described in Shadow Spinner