Lack of physical space, personal space, hygiene and infrastructure, a land of unparalleled cultural diversity and massive social disparity: this is India, the largest democracy in the world.
A constantly challenging piece of beauty that makes avoiding the photographic cliche almost impossible.
All the Lonely People
Finding someone alone in India is almost impossible. Wherever you move someone else will have the idea of moving there just before you, with you or just after you. In any case this person is likely to push you, touch you or do everything possible to be in your way. Life is a communal experience here.
“I could see multitudes of small, thin, grimy people squatting, waiting for a bus to take them somewhere, or with nowhere to go and about to unfurl a mattress and sleep right there. These poor bastards had come from the Darkness to Delhi to find some light – but they were still in the Darkness.” – Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
If you have a big camera and you obviously look out of place, there is no way to avoid taking pictures of pretty much everyone. From the street seller to the kids on the street, from the rickshaw driver to the religious students everyone will want a piece of the action.
30 Millions a Day
In India there are way too many people but not where you would actually need them, in an office for example. On the other hand trains are pretty full on as 30 million people use the railway network every day.
“More than four-fifths of the Indian citizens are Hindus in terms of standard classification, even thought the beliefs of Hindus are often thoroughly diverse (the “official” number of Hindus includes agnostics and atheist of Hindu social background). This statistical fact has appeared to many to be grounds enough for an immediate identification of India as a pre-eminently Hindu country.” – Amartya Sen, The Argumentative Indian.
India has the second biggest muslim population in the world after Indonesia and is home to many other beliefs such as Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism and Christianity.
And The Everyday Spectacular
Daily madness, unexpected encounters, animals and so on.