In this land of incomprehensible extremes there is no contrast more brilliant than the joyful colors offered by its women. Whether shopping, begging in the streets, selling vegetables on the sidewalk, making cow-dung patties for fuel, gathering crops, or going to worship, they bring India and Nepal to life with an explosion of color.
Without the gifts of these extraordinary women, everyday existence would be shades of brown and gray, pale sandstone and fading whitewash; not just the things you can touch, but the mood and the outlook as well. Watching these women working and walking and cooking with their incredible palette of spices and vegetables keeps these places and the people alive and vibrant….and even hopeful (though hope is in short supply — and reincarnation its stand-in).
But nothing says this more than seeing. Here are some photos we’ve gathered during our journey we hope will help you understand.
Click the link below and you’ll be taken to our Flickr photos. Click on slide-show at the top. Enjoy.
Oh my god, the colors, patterns, jewelry are stunning. Thank you so much for this amazing photo collection!
Great pics! Can’t wait to see you guys and talk about the adventures in taking them!
Amazing! I would love to talk to you and Marsha about your incredible adventure sometime! My wife and I have this on our list of adventures….
Joel and Marsha, thank you so much for sharing all these unforgettable photos and journals, which made me feel as if I had been traveling with you alongside. I cannot imagine how you did keep taking notes and posting your experience later. This must be a true photographic memory!? I guess you’ve recovered quickly from your fast-paced trip and are already beginning to think about a next trip.