I wanted to go there but on that second time it was kind of ‘wrong timing’ as the Gateway was ‘retouched/repaired’ with those grayish brown material covering it. I said ‘wrong timing’ because the cloth kind of hinder the view when we took photos. Needless to say we did. I realized upon looking at the picture that, ‘oh no, they are staring at me’. It was kinda funny scene.
I grew up in a tradition of leaving our shoes or slippers outside when we enter anyone’s house. For respect. And also to prevent dirt from coming into the house. But gone are those days (Spanish occupation in the Philippines) when rich hosts would let their servants follow your footsteps with a rag, that made the guests a ‘bit’ uneasy. In India, there is still this culture of respecting the ground you walk on, especially those old ‘sacred’ structures by way of being barefooted or covering the shoes. This man’s job is to see to it. Somehow, when I recall those places, I always remember that man by the entrance putting visitors’ shoe covering. It’s a noble job.
This is one of my favorite street scene photos of our travels in India. Little girls riding on the manually-driven bike.
By now I have four days left before I leave for Singapore-Davao. My vacation and travels so far are really worth it. I have seen many beautiful and unforgettable places and people. And what is important is that we enjoyed our time together, hubby and I. I am not yet done though, seeing the Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and the Agra Fort, and riding a camel and elephant were almost enough. Tomorrow and the next day I will be touring around the city of 20 million people, Mumbai, with hubby’s driver as tour guide also. See you around.