India: in photos

July 26, 2012

Recently I went to India for 7 weeks, 4 of which I spent in Mumbai studying Bollywood and Indian cinema.

It was the most amazing, inspiring and mind broadening experience.

Here are some photos.

A wall just beyond our breakfast area in Andheri West, Mumbai.

It was hilarious.

Alkira.

Jane.

Meeting Vikas Bahl, director of Chillar Party (2011).

The traffic was ridiculous and brightly coloured, and the trucks were all painted like hippy vans.

Chai: we lived off the stuff. Add Masala tea, fresh ginger and water. Bring to the boil. Add milk and copious amounts of sugar. Bring to the boil again and then let simmer. Serve.

Josh.

Stairway to the unknown?

Beautiful clouds in Malawali, India.

Making a cucumber masala snack for energy up the fort.

Josh and I made some friends and shortcut gurus en route to Iron Fort.

The view!

Iron Fort’s Scorpion Tail.

Woo!

Our snack break halfway down as we waited for the rains to ease.

Film.

Real film!

A rickshaw meter.

Mumbai after rain. Pretty.

Nasreen at a school in the Bandra slums.

Henna.

Our rickshaw driver/actor.

An old lady sleeping on a train as she shares her seat with 2 others.

The Magnificent Taj Mahal.

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From our hostel window.

Sam.

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Jaipur.

Riding an elephant. Yeah.

Josh.

Tali

Jodhpur.

Lewie getting ripped off by a cold, old man at Jodhpur fort.

Night-time Traffic.

One of the more comfortable train rides.

The view from our hostel roof in Jodhpur.

Chilling on the roof is very common.

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Our dinner view: The Jodhpur Fort lit up.

Kool Koko, endorsed by Lewis Matherson.

Alternative to Pooh Corner.

View from Jodhpur Fort. BATMAN WAS PARTLY FILMED HERE!!!!!!! No giant pit of despair though.

Jodhpur: The Blue City. The blue originally started with a religious cloister that believed that it was a holy colour and painted all of their buildings blue. As they became less segregated, other parts of the city adopted the blue colour. Turns out something in the paint is a natural mosquito repellent.

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Another Lewis Matherson endorsement.

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Beautiful clouds.

Cows walkin’ along the street.

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Camel safari from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Johnny the Camel: Glamour Files.

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Stunning eyelashes.

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Jane and some village desert kids.

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Beautiful goat.

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The boys.

Jane doing the Desert Worm.

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The boys chilling as the sun sets over the sand dunes.

Desert Chai.

Something woke me up just before dawn (normally unheard of). It was so peaceful.

Lovely desert flowers.

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Lewie and some village kiddies.

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Sam’s camel loved him a little too much…

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Yellow coconuts are apparently a different variety to the normal young green ones. They are yummy and super sweet.

Lighthouse Beach in Kovalam, Kerala. It reminds me of Where the Wild Things Are.

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On the way up the lighthouse. Windy as!

Lighthouse Beach.

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Some Indian tourists wanted to get photos with us.

Window to the sea.

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Josh got really into musicals while in India (Cats especially) and put on a one man show.

Lighthouse beach by night.

House boooooooat in Alleppey. Captain Josh and the Going Merry.

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Lunch aboard Merry.

Goats chilling in Fort Kochi. I got to ride on the back of the owners bike to go and buy Jane’s emergency birthday cake.

This goat reminds me so much of a chicken. Who knew goats sat this way???

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The view from the top of a ruined fort in Goa.

We hired fun little scooters to explore Goa, and some psycho Portuguese Australian claiming to be from Master-Chef Australia tried to scam us, and then come after us with a mob of Goans. Scooters are great escape vessels!

The view from our top floor room at the Taj Palace in Mumbai.

The lobby. FANCY!

“Only a fearless mind can make an honest film.”

-Vivek Agnihotri (Director of Buddha in a Traffic Jam)

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