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The Streets of Bengaluru, Part II

One of my favorite posts this trip has been when I finally managed to do some street photography, so I set out to take some more in Bangalore on my last day in India.

First, it being Easter Sunday, we decided to drop by St. Mary's Basilica.

St. Mary's Basilica in Bangalore on Easter

The garlands on the Madonna and Child are an Indian tradition, so this is an interesting localized version of Easter celebration, I think. I think it's also worthy of noting that Christian women still wear saris.

The Basilica was around the corner from Russell Market:

Russell Market in Bangalore

Then I attempted to go to the museums I missed on Good Friday. Unfortunately, one was closed on Sundays, and the other was closed due to power outage. Power demand severely out-strips supply in India, to the point where there are daily brownouts except in the biggest cities. Even when I was in Hyderabad, there were daily brownouts, and all the big companies have diesel backup generators.

So I decided to take a stroll in the neighboring Cubbon Park instead. Here is a strolling couple:

Couple strolling in Cubbon Park in Bangalore

And here is a woman in a sari playing cricket:

Woman playing cricket in Cubbon Park in Bangalore

(Sorry about the baby stroller on the right; I took some unobstructed pictures, but they were a bit blurry, and she didn't have as intense a stance.)

A family:

Family on a bench in Cubbon Park in Bangalore

This boy has spotted me:

The boy has spotted me

A couple on a bench:

Couple on a bench in Cubbon Park in Bangalore

(Note how some women do wear Western clothes.)

And then a few from my ride home:

Scooter riders in Bangalore

Truck riders in Bangalore

Up next: My trip home!

Comments (7)

My favorite part of these is the dog that is being eaten by the tree in the pic where the boy spotted you. It was great to see you!

i like the street pics the best...well, and park pics- i don't know how these people don't spot you taking their photo

noting that Christian women still wear saris

A lot of Muslim women wear saris too, actually.

There have been Christians in South India since the time of the Apostles, so I'd guess the garlands are as authentic an Easter celebration as painted eggs. ;-)

I really love the cricket picture. I think the baby carriage adds to it. The family on the bench and the parents of the boy who spotted you are also great. And it never ceases to amaze me how soundly babies sleep on their mother's shoulders, despite being on bumpy rides.

Yeah as I noted in The Streets of Bengaluru Part I, the Muslim women seemed to be wearing colored outfits underneath the black. :)

Well, a lot of Indian Muslim women also don't wear the chadors, black or otherwise. I'm just pointing out that just b/c a chador indicates someone *is* Muslim, a lack thereof does not indicate they *aren't*.

Yeah good point. It's just that the Muslim women who aren't wearing chadors... I wouldn't recognize as Muslim. :)

I was actually curious about something related. My wife asked me if there's a way to tell Muslims, and my best guess was that Muslims tend to touch their heart after shaking hands. However, it didn't take much time around people who did that before I started unconsciously doing that myself, so I wouldn't be surprised if lots of non-Muslims also picked up the habit. I don't know if that's a thing in India so much though. Or you could see if they greet you with assalamualaikum vs. om suastiastu, but I didn't notice anyone doing that either in India.

Other than that, I don't know enough about India to know which parts of cultural paraphernalia (e.g. house decorations) are universally Indian and which bits would be associated with a particular religion.

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