Two weeks in India – photo’s

The sun coming up, from the balcony.

The sun coming up, from the balcony.

I love these little things! Heard a mongoose calling the other night (another 'You know you're in India when...' moment), looking forward to seeing one of them too

I love these little chipmunk things! Heard a mongoose calling the other night as well,  (another ‘You know you’re in India when…’ moment), looking forward to seeing one of them too

Our visitor... she wanders in most evenings for a few leftovers. We call her Cat.

Our visitor… she wanders in most evenings for a few leftovers. We call her Cat.

Walking to MS in the morning - quite peaceful, but it gets better....

Walking to MS along Ashram Road  in the morning – quite peaceful, but it gets better….

Always lovely and cool and calm once you turn in here, and hosed off every morning. Thats Dave to the right.

Always lovely and cool and calm once you turn in here, and hosed off every morning. Thats Dave to the right.

It looked wonderful this particular morning with the sunlight shafting through the SMOKE drifting in from a bonfire right outside... why? Because they can, it's India!

It looked wonderful this particular morning with the sunlight shafting through the SMOKE drifting in from a bonfire right outside… why? Because they can, it’s India! This is where we all meet in the morning for a non denominational prayer service, cross legged on the mat.

The wedding preparations which went on all afternoon. This particular day was about as auspicious as it gets for a wedding so they were going on everywhere

The wedding preparations which went on all afternoon. This particular day was about as auspicious as it gets for a wedding so they were going on everywhere, and the balcony was definitely the place to be although some explosions were very loud and very close. Fabulous fireworks!

Rope making the old fashioned way. What you can't really see here are the guys under the green tarp at the end working big iron twisting wheels

Rope making the old fashioned way. What you can’t really see here are the guys under the green tarp at the end working big iron twisting wheels. This was next door to the Police Commissioners Office so I saw it a few times!

Cows everywhere - these are in a tiny clearing in the Old City

Cows everywhere – these are in a tiny clearing in the Old City

Elaborate carving on the older homes in the old city. Sadly, most are falling over, some attempts at renovation are being made though

Elaborate carving on the older homes in the old city. Sadly, most are falling over, some attempts at renovation are being made though.

One old house belongs to a local hotel, the House of MG, and is well maintained, was used as a restaurant but traffic problems closed it down. It stands on a very narrow alley, too many people were trying to get there in cars apparently. Still, the house remains open to visit and its beautiful, more pics later on.

One old house belongs to a local hotel, the House of MG, and is well maintained, was used as a restaurant but traffic problems closed it down. It stands on a very narrow alley, too many people were trying to get there in cars apparently. Still, the house remains open to visit and its beautiful, more pics later on.

Restoration work in the old city

Restoration work in the old city

The door of the old Stock Exchange in the city

The door of the old Stock Exchange in the city

Where do you start! Some familiar, some totally strange.... the smell was incredible :-) Spice stall in Manek Chouk

Where do you start! Some familiar, some totally strange…. the smell was incredible 🙂 Spice stall in Manek Chouk – what do you want Debs!

Nanny goat taking a nap on a tomb

Nanny goat taking a nap on a tomb

Lovely fresh produce in the old market.

Lovely fresh produce in the old market.

Luminous Delhi carrots... they almost glow in the dark, but is this a good thing?

Luminous Delhi carrots… they almost glow in the dark, but is this a good thing?

One of MS' projects - ladies working at Gramshree. They produce beautiful textile work, and earn money at the same time. These ladies are embroidering.

One of MS’ projects – ladies working at Gramshree. They produce beautiful textile work, and earn money at the same time. These ladies are embroidering.

Taking a party of extremely well educated children from affluent families - they attend the most expensive and best school in A'bad - round the Tekra (slum) with slum children their own ages. It's a real eye opener for them, my eye opener was that they spoke to each other in English as their first language. The event is called Dosti, and we do it as often as we can.

Taking a party of extremely well educated children from affluent families – they attend the most expensive and best school in A’bad – round the Tekra (slum) with slum children their own ages. It’s a real eye opener for them, my eye opener was that they spoke to each other in English as their first language. The event is called Dosti, and we do it as often as we can.

Rag picker in the Tekra, sorting her stuff.

Rag picker in the Tekra, sorting her stuff.

This lady lets MS use her house every day for an Anganwadi or preschool. She helps with the children too.

This lady lets MS use her house every day for an Anganwadi or preschool, and she helps with the children too. Thats a charpoy she is sitting on.

Love the kohl. One of the littlest children at the Anganwadi in the Tekra.

Love the kohl. One of the littlest children at the Anganwadi in the Tekra.

Slum kids getting a snack at MS

Slum kids getting a snack at MS

It's winter here don't you know... need a beanie when the temperature is below 40

It’s winter here don’t you know… need a beanie when the temperature is below 40

Spot the monkeys.

Spot the monkeys.

Some pictures taken in the old city....

Some pictures taken in the old city…. a particularly sturdy door

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Carving on a wall panel

Carving on a wall panel

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