The people of India are beautiful, in every way, and we wish them all of the peace and prosperity that can possibly be achieved. We have one wall of a hallway in our house and one wall in Julie's office decorated with photos of the people of India. We showed some of them last week from Varanasi, and we will show a few more this week. This darling girl was dressed up to visit the Taj Mahal with her family. We got her father's email address and emailed the photo to him after we returned to the USA.
This tea vendor in Varanasi shows great character. The steam from his pot, his contented expression, his colorful scarf, and the color and patina of the wall behind him provided a composition that compelled us to stop and takes his photograph, with his permission, of course.
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal, before the crowds arrive, is the best time to admire this exquisite architectural masterpiece. It is symmetrical in every way except for the tomb of its builder, Mughal emperor Shah Jihan, which had to be placed off center because in the center is the tomb of his favorite wife, in whose memory he had 20,000 people build the building (1631-1643). Tragically, he was imprisoned by his son and lived his last years in confinement in a nearby fort where he could see the Taj Mahal from afar.
These contemplative women had a moment to reflect just outside the 16th Century Amber Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan, in the north of India. We love the colorful dress of the women of India.
The intricate calligraphy on the five-story Qutb Minar tower has inspired worshipers of Islam outside Delhi since 1193.
The hotels of India are among the most luxurious anywhere. Cut flowers floating in bowls of water are common decorative touches.
These two boys were inside the 350 year old Jami Masjid Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Delhi and can hold more than 20,000 worshipers. Muslims are only about 20% of the population of India, but that still ads up to about 200 million people. India's muslim minority is the second largest muslim population , second only to the number of muslims in Indonesia.