The iconic Indian bullock cart…

Dr Shyamata Vatsa has very kindly asked me if I would do a post on the Indian bullock cart and it is my pleasure to do so.

If someone asked you what you thought the iconic image of India was…what would you say? Maybe the Taj Mahal or the magnificent Ganges river. It is true that these images do immediately conjure up thoughts of chappatis and fresh lime sodas. However when I think of iconic images that mean India to me the Indian bullock cart always springs to mind. I suppose it is because after all my trips to India it is still a sight that makes me smile.

Bullock carts can be found everywhere ~ not just in the country areas of India but in the big cities too. That is what is so delightful about them. You can be stuck in the thick of city traffic when suddenly a bullock cart carrying a huge load of sugarcane will amble on by. Can you just imagine the havoc that would cause back home? But in India nobody so much as raises an eyebrow at the load or the fact that two bullocks are waiting at the traffic lights.. It is one of India’s amazing qualities that the old can blend so easily with the new.

The bullock cart is a lovely reminder of a slower time when everything didn’t have to be done in a rush. A time when getting somewhere was part of the journey and you had time to enjoy the scenery and life along the way.

“Life isn’t a destination–it’s a journey.We all come upon unexpected curves and turning points,mountaintops and valleys.  Everything that happens to us shapes who we are becoming.  And in the adventure of each day, we discover the best in ourselves”…Anonymous

So next time you are travelling try to enjoy the ride as well as the destination…

Great ways to travel ~ the Indian ferry…

“We are the boat, we are the sea. I sail in you, you sail in me”…Lorre Wyatt

One of the fantastic ways to travel in Kerala is by ferry boat. This leisurely transport is the ideal way to see the sights and reach interesting points of interest in the Keralan backwaters.

On our last trip to Kerala Padma and I spent our 10 rupees and had a wonderful trip from Fort Cochin to Ernakulum. Not only was the trip relaxed and scenic but it allowed us to be a part of everyday life in India. I have always loved “people watching” and travelling on the ferry gives you a perfect opportunity to do this. One sight which really gave us a laugh was a sweet young man who was travelling with his bike. His brand of jeans really made us smile as you can see below.

Hunkster

“Hunkstar” has now entered our vocabulary and I love to call Rahul my Hunkstar! This is a perfect example of why I love India so much…the smallest sights can really delight your imagination and sense of humour.