Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Markets of India


 This past weekend I went and saw The Hundred Foot Journey.  I loved the movie.  For me the movie brought together three of my great loves, France, India and food.  The reason I even knew about the book is due to my love of India and France.  As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I had the pleasure of meeting author Richard Morais many years ago and when he discovered my three loves he told me about his book.

Ten years ago, I found myself in India.  I adored the country.  I was there on a photography workshop and while the leader of that tour left a lot to be desired, the photography was amazing.  I have never been to a country that was so colourful and diverse.  The people lived life on the street.  When I was in India all of my time was spent in Rajashtan.
The photos in this essay where all shot in Varanasai, home the holiest of the seven sacred cities for Hindus.  Located on the banks of the Ganges River it was very spiritual.  
 The markets of India were beyond fascinating.  They truly offered up a feast for both the eyes and the stomach.  While the markets of France are very orderly, India's markets are chaotic and energizing.  The market just spills onto the street.  Vendors will set up on the road.

 In another life I would love to live in India for a period of my life.   Can you imagine the dishes you could create with these vegetables?
 In addition to the produce I found the people to be absolutely enticing.  While many cultures do not want you taking their photos, Indians loved to have their photos taken.  In almost every photo look at the smiles and the pride in the faces of the people.
 I also liked how they still used the old scales with weights.
 Can you imagine passing the days eating, cooking and practicing yoga.  I cannot think of a more peaceful existence.
This is my contribution to Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads and Saturday Snapshots.

21 comments:

La Table De Nana said...

Beautiful photos!
The movie sounds like it was made for you..
I am still thinking about it:)It was that lovely.

Lisa Johnson said...

Love these pictures and I adored the movie too. These colors!!!

JoAnn said...

Thank you for sharing those photos! I saw The Hundred Foot Journey last weekend and loved it, too.

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

Your photos reminded me a lot of our trips to Nicaragua. The kids loved having their photos taken and thought it was fun to see the photo on the digital camera right away. Their markets were very similar too. Thanks for sharing. It was fun to scroll through the photos.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Beth F said...

WOw! What an opportunity to visit India on a photography workshop! I can't wait to see that movie.

Laurie C said...

I hadn't heard of The Hundred Foot Journey before, I don't think. I visited India as an exchange student in high school a long time ago. I lived in Maharashtra but also got to travel quite a bit during the ten months I was there. Your photos brought me back to that time!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I love the vividness of your photos and the way you captured the people in the market. Just amazing. What a delightful experience that trip must have been!
Sandy @ Texas Twang

Carole said...

Great photos! I'm always too embarrassed to photograph people. Cheers from carole's Chatter

Anne Bennett said...

Your photos do a good job to highlight the beautiful colors, as did the movie. I loved the movie. I'm such a foodie.
MY SSS

Brona Joy said...

What a wonderful selection.

You've captured the colour and vibrancy that I associate with India beautifully.

I love Indian cooking too and would love to have all those fresh herbs and spices to add some zing to my meals :-)

lawstudentscookbook said...

What beautiful pictures.
I went to India (Pune) 7 years ago and I remember how beautiful the markets were.

Rita_h said...

Gorgeous vegetables in the photos and friendly, handsome men all. I would love to visit there, but since I may never, I can at least see movies, read books, and eat food from there. Thanks for sharing.

rippleeffects said...

Wonderful that you have first-hand experience of actually being there in India, seeing the sights and sounds, and of course, you must have enjoyed the food. And isn't it cool to have met the author Richard C. Morais as well. Just in case you're interested, I've written a review of the movie, and the book. You're welcome to throw in your two pebbles and stir some ripples at the pond. ;)

Louise said...

I just saw The Hundred Foot Journey this morning. I really enjoyed it- lots of France, lots of food porn shots. I like your Indian market photos too- so vibrant. I've not been to India- I'm not sure how I'd cope with all the heat and noise.

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

These are terrific photos- I feel like I was right there.

Paulita said...

Esme, I would say the photography class must have paid off. What fascinating pictures. Have you read the book, The Hundred-Foot Journey? You would probably enjoy the beginning part in India more than I did since I have never traveled there.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...
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Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Absolutely wonderful photos. I have never been to India , just one of those places that has never had the pull for me. I have never heard of the film either . Thank you for sharing all your photos xx

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

These are wonderful photos! I am so excited to see the film. My favorite parts of the book were actually the parts about India so I really appreciate these photos & your focus on that country while France seems to be getting most of the attention.

Jeanie said...

Esme, these are absolutely fabulous. Clearly, that workshop brought good results. I loved the film and your photos sparkle all the more as I hear the sounds and feel the energy behind them.

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