During my visit, there was a 9 day festival taking place – Navatri. Over the weekend it was planned that we would attend a Dandiya party, a form of traditional dancing. So we put on our finest traditional Indian clothing and learnt some new moves! I’m not a night photographer, so my second challenge was to capture the essence of the party and to bring the huge array of colours home with me to be able to share the experience. As always, there’s room for improvement, but I’m very pleased with how these turned out! The party was really as bright, crazy and colourful as it looks!
You will have seen on my facebook page that I visited an orphanage too. What a truly remarkable and humbling visit. I didn’t know what to expect, there are varying levels of poverty as you travel around India, but the schools and homes that Maher provide children were such happy, vibrant places! The children sang a welcome song as we entered (please find the video on facebook, if you haven’t seen it, it will bring the biggest smile to your face!) and then tucked into a huge lunch, that we had sponsored. I’ve never seen such little humans put away so much food! To find out about Maher, click here.
The second best part about India is the food! It’s not until you have eaten real Indian food that you realise how much Britain has changed ‘curry’ in our takeaways. I’ve visited India 5 times over the past 4 years, spending 20+ weeks out there. If you’re wondering, I’ve never experienced ‘Delhi Belly’, luckily, but I think that’s partly because I’m all for eating their food (sensibly!) and not trying to find ‘English’ alternatives, as they just don’t know how to cook it properly. They know what they’re doing with their own food!
Here’s my top 5 dishes: