A foreigner’s perspective while visiting India is complicated with many layers. I’m often asked what it’s like to travel there. My answer usually is it will make you sad, happy, angry, frustrated, joyful, disturbed. Expect to have every nerve and emotion ignited. The funny thing is though as mad and as frustrated as you can get you will also feel a joy for life unlike anywhere else in the world. When you do you meet friendly Indians, I mean people who aren’t looking for something from you, they will also be some of the kindest most hospitable people you will ever meet, anywhere!
The image in this story was captured in the B.B.D. Bagh or Dalhousie Square section of Kolkata while I was on the way back to my hotel in New Market. I had the window rolled down in the backseat of my taxi as I noticed this man smiling at me from a commuter bus in the next lane. As I brought my camera up to frame him in the picture his smile became almost beacon-like. This is what I mean when I tell you India will leave you with the strongest memories of almost any place you will ever travel. Good and bad. Here is India at it’s best!
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