Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Street Buzz In India – A Photo Essay

If you really want to immerse into the essence of India, wander its streets. Yes, the true India is experienced on the streets. Although the country is different in each region and state, there is a common thread that seeps through each Indian heart. Every city in India has the streets bustling with energy and colours. There is never a lull anywhere. It appears like a mad fete where everyone is rushing towards something. I know that the chaos and the noise can get on people’s nerves. But, the streets in India have character. They define life.

Even though I’m an Indian, I still have a sense of wonder for the street buzz in India. I have put together a few photos that depict Indian streets and the happiness they exude.


He is a Chaiwala (the tea guy) at Charminar, Hyderabad. There is something about tea that Indians can’t recover from. The tea shops on the streets add an unrivalled flavour in our lives.


It’s a snack stall in Darjeeling. The sizzle, the spices and the gluttony go very well with the tourist bustle. Eating on the road is something that can never go out of tradition in India.


It’s a florist shop under an old staircase in Gangtok. The two local girls yakked and giggled non-stop, while the customers kept pouring in.


It’s called the Tibetan market in Nainital, which is madly hogged by the tourists. It’s fun to loiter around here and enjoy the scenic lake view.


Spotting cows, dogs, horses and elephants is also pretty usual in India. It’s a street in Amritsar where a man feeds an elephant while the rest of the traffic waits to get through.


It’s the Fateh Sagar Lake Street in Udaipur. The colourfully decked camels keep the atmosphere vibrant for tourists.


It was during Diwali that this alley in Udaipur was extra chaotic, but this lady added her own fragrance and beauty with her flower basket.


It’s the famous mall road in Mussoorie. These little Bhutta stalls on the streets remind us of the simple joys of life.


The carriage rides in South Mumbai are quite a teaser, which blend with the carefree vibe of the city.


It’s the street around Charminar, which is relentlessly chaotic. Everything from autos, hawkers, people to bangles create a fascinating riot.

Do you like the ‘magic’ on the streets of India?

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24 comments:

  1. Lovely photos! They capture the energy and vibrancy of India's streets.

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    1. Thank you, Ashley! :) I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

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  2. You're so right you see so much on the streets going for a walk! I love watching the busy chaiwallas work

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    1. Yup, chaiwalas are the main players in the stories created on the streets. :)

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  3. Awesome collection Renuka :) Wonderful..

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  4. Absolutely right. Essence of a place is in it's people and India, we happen to be out on the road more often. I can totally relate to your experiences as when I'm out on the highways, I across all the citations you mentioned and more. Nice captures too! :)

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    1. Thanks Jatin :) Yeah, India may have lots of flaws, but the charm can't be ignored. The Indian streets have oodles of character and lots of fodder for photographers. :)

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  5. Lovely pictures. Like I keep telling everyone, if you want to discover a place leave that vehicle behind and go by foot. You will discover new things daily.
    Aha that Chai.......the best picture :-)

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    1. Thank you Haddock :) Yes, it's important to really wander aimlessly to be able to discover such amusing things. Yes, the chai shot is my favorite too.

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  6. Colourful and vibrant, which the streets in India always are.

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  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE the streets of India... I think I left my heart there!!

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  8. I love these photos - one of my favorite things to do when traveling is wander the streets taking photos and soaking up the atmosphere. I'm hoping to visit India next year, actually! :)

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    1. That would be wonderful, Katie! I'm sure you are going to LOVE India! :)

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  9. Lovely clicks and very well written, A G+ For your post and Have a Nice Day... :)

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  10. बहुत सुन्दर चित्र, आभार!

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  11. Super shots! I especially loved the "Chai-wala" pic. Yes, even if one chooses the most expensive and marvelous restaurant/Hotel to get the feel of royalty and exclusiveness but has not tasted street delicacies of India, the person has missed to feel the fragrance of true India.

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    1. True! The streets in India have a certain magical charm that remains unruffled.

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