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Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

India is a country bursting with vivid split-second stories.

In Agra, it appeared that this red-haired foreigner was more a World Wonder, than the Taj Mahal itself.

We watched in awe, as she was approached over and over again for a photograph. A lovely woman, she smiled beautifully and authentically for each and every picture requested of her, for 20 minutes straight. Her husband joined the fun, and took some picture in-picture shots of his own.

The Wonder of the Taj Mahal ;)

The Wonder of the Taj Mahal ๐Ÿ˜‰

In Rajasthan’s Udaipur, a holy cow with yellow horns stands it’s ground against a brightly coloured tuk-tuk.

Cow - tuk-tuk standoff in Udaipur

Cow – tuk-tuk standoff in Udaipur

Which of these 2 rather iconic symbols of India, do you think should yield?

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  1. Sha #

    Wow, these photos are awesome…made more meaningful by the story behind it..:)

    May 31, 2014
    • Heh heh thanks! There were soooo many moments like this in India. I think this was my easiest photo challenge yet! ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 1, 2014
  2. Who won? The tuk-tuk or the sacred cow?

    May 31, 2014
    • It’s a mystery! We stood and watched for awhile, but neither was budging and we were hungry for some delicious curry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      June 1, 2014
  3. LOL! A wonderful capture!! Definitely tells a story.

    May 31, 2014
  4. Love the irony of the red head posing at the entrance t one of the seven wonders of the world!

    May 31, 2014
    • It was crazy ironic. Hubby had been asked a few times for pics in India, but this was like something I’d never seen. It was literally a never-ending stream of people. She had an incredible amount of patience!!

      June 1, 2014
  5. LOL…good selection of photos for the challenge..the last one is hilarious..and I bet no one dares to touch the cow ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 31, 2014
    • Heh heh… thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m not sure what happened afterwards, but there were certainly a lot of cows in traffic, ALL over India. It’s nuts how much drama they cause!

      June 1, 2014
  6. I really respect the people who tolerate, and participate in, these photo taking experiences, you know. A lot of Indians have never seen white people other than on TV. I never really understood why people would want to take pictures with foreigners till I went to a couple of places where I was treated like a celebrity just because my toasty brown skin was very unusual ๐Ÿ™‚
    LOVE the picture with the cow and the auto (you say tuk-tuk, we say auto ๐Ÿ˜‰ )!!

    June 1, 2014
    • I never understood it either, especially growing up in Canada, where you have every shade of person, practically on every street corner, so it was very interesting the first time I saw it. My husband gets asked for pics in India and other parts of Asia all the time, but the “celebrity” of this woman was like nothing I’d ever seen. It must’ve been her flaming red hair, I guess!

      Lol…thanks for clarifying – AUTO – I’ll remember for next time. I always say tuk-tuk cuz the first time I ever saw one was in Thailand, and that’s what they call them there.

      June 2, 2014
  7. I love the first picture – it reminds me so much of my experiences in China when people often asked to take my photo. The cow picture is brilliant too, totally sums up India!

    June 2, 2014
    • Haha, that happened to my husband in China too, and it was also one of his first experiences with that kind of thing. (strange though, they never asked ME for pictures) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      June 2, 2014
  8. OMG, how ironic! You literally made me watxh The Amazing Race after you mentioned it. Right now, right this very moment as I’m commenting, I’m watching tuk-tuks racing the contestants. Those tuk-tuks drive like a split-second error can mean collision. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    June 2, 2014
    • Haha, and the ironies continue! We just started watching Amazing Race too. Heh Heh. Haven’t made it to the tuk-tuk episode yet though….

      June 3, 2014
      • Which season are you watching? Ernie and Cindy’s? I’m watching the recent all stars season. Half of the teams I know so I have teams that I root for. TAR gives me that drive, everytime they run, I feel like running too. Bwahhahaha… And how I wish to ride the tuk tuk. Ima ask the driver to hit the road The Amazing Race… for no reason. Bwahahahaha ๐Ÿ˜†

        June 3, 2014
        • *edit – Ima ask the tuk tuk driver to drive The Amazing Race style.

          June 3, 2014
          • Hahaha, hang on tight!! We’re watching the All-Stars season too…and even though we haven’t watched in a long time, I recognize a lot of the people still. Which ones are TAR? We’re not sure who we’re rooting for yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Only on Episode 1!!!

            June 3, 2014
  9. The cow shot is fantastic!

    June 3, 2014
    • Thanks Connie! We were definitely in the right place at the right time for that one! ๐Ÿ˜€

      June 5, 2014
  10. Love the red-head story! I grew up in India so I can totally relate to it. 99.99% of the population in India is Indian, so whenever a foreigner is visiting India, he/she get stared at as if they are an alien from another planet. In fact, my husband was the only white person at our wedding reception in India. People at the wedding were taking pictures of him on their phone like he was a Hollywood celebrity! It was funny to watch.
    As a foreigner in US, I never got the same reaction although I did get stared one time when I stopped at a diner in a small Texas town with a population of 1000 people ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 5, 2014
    • It is honestly kind of unnerving the way people stare in India, they are just so completely involved in it that it’s like they almost forget you’re a person. Last time we were there, I resorted to snapping photos of people staring at me. It was funny how shocked they were by it, and how it then made them realize how much they were staring!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      June 5, 2014
  11. Loved this! My son was not yet 2 when we lived in India for three months, and had a full head of white-blonde hair. My sister and I are blonde as well, so we tended to attract a lot of attention on the streets…so many people wanted to pose with Jamie that he started growling at them! I was worried he was actually going to bite someone… ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 1, 2015
    • Oh wow….you must’ve attracted a lot of attention indeed! Lol my hubby was approached a few times in India, but nothing like what he experienced in China in 2008. People were chasing him on the street, and once he took a series of about 20 pictures with a group of farmers and all their children 1 by 1. Lol…it would’ve gone on and on if he hadn’t just put an end to it!!

      February 2, 2015

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