I am already back from India… and it only took me 30 plus hours of travel (the “only” was to be read with a sarcastic tone). I am disappointed in the fact that I couldn’t stay for Diwali but at the same time it is very nice to be home with my family. This trip was a very quick trip and all of my time was spent working. I still want to share several pictures of my trip… (even if many of them are taken from taxi rides)
These pictures are going to be somewhat random… and if you are not familiar with me… they may seem somewhat odd. I wished I had better pictures but again I was very short for time.
SO HERE GOES:
Below is a picture I took to send to Isabelle and I didn’t even have time to send it. This picture was originally just meant for her but now I will share it with all of you.
“I donut know what I’d do without you”… and I mean that sincerely. (maybe a bit more sincerely with respect to Isabelle… hmm I wonder if she will see this? and I wonder even more if she will still appreciate it after seeing that I shared it with everyone)
I always like taking picture of signs especially advertisements. I find the cultural differences to be fascinating. The sign below I thought was incredibly “scary” (could be advertising a haunted house) but after consulting a couple of co-workers it was explained to be “good” luck to place this on your home. (in my obviously cultural biased opinion I believe you are still asking for you home to be “possessed” by Nazi vampires)
This sign was above the highway and it made me smile… I doubt I am sleeping with my enemy… but I wondered if I could be sleeping with someone else’s enemy. In pondering this question for the next several miles I could not come up with someone who would consider Isabelle their enemy… nor could I figure out what this sign was about.
I thought a lot above the sign in my office stating that it is illegal to refuse participation. Do you think you could spend jail time? “Hey what are you in for”… “Um well I refused to participate in a fire drill.” (I bet they have to put these types of criminals in isolated confinement to protect the rest of the general prison population)
Often advertisers use “subliminal” messages in their campaigns. They are often too difficult to discern especially when you don’t share the same cultural context. With that said I had no problem seeing the very subtle “adult” innuendo in this advertisement
I am going to stop with the “signs” and show some of the beautiful country side. (Like this post’s feature picture) I have only been in India in December and January and it is definitely not as “green” as it is in October. I want to again apologize for my poor pictures. They were taken from the car and it was raining.
hmm… they all look the same. It definitely was much better in person… plus I saw monkeys on the side of the road and was not quick enough to get a picture.
Two posts before this one I shared a rangoli that was done at my office. Here is another one and these were done by professionals. The office had an internal contest where teams created the same thing in our break room. Here are my co-workers versions. Leave a comment with your vote for “favorite”.
And… for those wondering… I had nothing to do with the cigarette smoking the man. (Although this is definitely my kind of rangoli… and obviously my favorite... although I would have changed the words to say something different… like maybe “smoking humans has been shown not to cause lung cancer in “lab cigarettes”). All of this was done as part of the Diwali celebrations… very very cool.
I had best put in some random tourist pictures (they can’t be worse than the earlier green mountain pictures)
The last one is not very “touristy”. I noticed the guy on the motorcycle had the brightest work boots I have every seen… Here is a close up
While showing my pictures to the kids we evented a game. The game is called “which way should the cars actually be driving”. Here are some of those pictures.
Can you tell which way is the proper direction? The last one is really hard to see but I had to get the face of my driver as a huge tuck on his right came within inches of his door….
HMM another coffee table book idea… (Which way should I be driving?)
Last picture… promise.
This trip I didn’t get sick and I can’t tell you what a relief that was. I did take precautions like lots of hand sanitizer and… well this is kind of embarrassing to admit… I packed all of my own food. Here is what I ate every day for the week that I was in India.
Peace out… (I lied.. and broke a promise… oh the deceit…)
This coin is actually the last picture… I think it is celebrating the bikini… (you might have to think about that for a while)