Photos: India, Through The Lens

Miriam G
Miriam G
Jul 26 · 14 min read
The side of a Mumbai highway.
A view of the rooftops in Amritsar. The Goldten Temple’s dome roof can be seen in the background.

“The soul of India lives in its villages…”

Students at a government school in Ashte, an agricultural farming village in Maharashtra.
Watching the monsoon rains from the shelter of the classroom. The walls are decorated by a local artist. Due to the small population size of the village (around 250 in the 2011 census) and limited resources, children of many ages are often crammed into one class.
Students play a ballgame as the cows watch over.
Students in Ashte head from an extracurricular class provided by a local NGO to classes at their government school. Students who attend the extracurricular classes receive free lunch. Where food is scarce, this is a strong impetus for many parents to send their children.
Yes, we asked it why.

Sari Not Sorry

Color, Chaos and Charm…


The Jama Masjid mosque in Old Delhi, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656. The black borders on the floor demarcate spots for visitors to worship. There are 899 of them.
Worshippers wash their hands and feet before entering the mosque at Jama Masjid in Old Delhi.

Locals wash in the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi in the early morning.
Hindus come from all over India and the world to bathe in the Ganges’ waters. They believe it absolves them of sins and releases them from a cycle of reincarnation.
Watching the city arise: Priests perform a sunrise aarti ceremony on a ghat in Varanasi.
Monasteries and temples line the colorful ghats in Varanasi.
An arch of the entrance way to the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, a likeness of Ganesha in the center.
The Sikh’s Golden Temple in Amritsar surrounded by the pool of nectar, a sight to behold. Packed with thousands of Sikh pilgrims at all hours of the day and night. What a humbling, undeserved gift to witness people in the throes of devotion and prayer.

Faces Of Faith

A woman exits a room with a huge prayer wheel at the Dalai Lama’s Temple in McLeod Ganj, a suburb of the Himalayn town of Dharamsala. It’s known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” because of its large population of Tibetans.
Monks sit in prayer in the Dalai Lama’s Temple in McLeoud Ganj. The monks sit in chanting prayer from the morning until the evening.

It takes a (slum) village

Spending time in the slums evoked a complex whirlwind of thoughts and feelings that I’m sill digesting. I revert, lazily, to Gregory David Roberts’ description in the first few pages of “Shantaram.” His words speak far better than any attempt by me.
Dharavi is one of the largest slums in Asia (around 1 million people live there) and prides itself on its enterprising economy: it’s estimated to have an annual turnover of approximately US$ 665 million. Industry includes: clothing, leather tanning, sorting plastic for recycling companies, clay and pottery, baking for the city’s bakeries, among others. Average work day is 12 hours, average salary: 400 rupees (5.8USD
One doesn’t need a bat, ball or wickets for an intense game of cricket. Ingenuity, a trademark of slum-life, begins at a young age here. Aside from wanting sanitation, access to clean drinking water, electricity, sewerage and plumbing systems and much of the infrastructure we’ve come to expect as an integral part of a safe, healthy living environment, one of my most vivid impressions of my visits there was the sense of community among the residents — no doubt the result of living within such close quarters.

Grandiosity X Functionality

Sunset at the mosque on the western side of the Taj Mahal, moments before the skies gave way to Monsoon rains. The mosque is laid with outlines of 569 prayer rugs in black marble.
A construction worker in Varanasi asked for a photo alongside his mule.
Agra: Here the the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal beckons many international an Indian tourists.
(L) Remnants of the British empire’s influence can be seen in the Gothic style architecture dotted around Mumbai. (R) View from a rooftop in Amritsar, the dome of the Golden Temple can be seen off in the distance.
Sha Jahan’s unassuming gift for his second and favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

A Wild Ride


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