Monday, January 11, 2016

World Travels 6: India

Traveled through India visiting Mumbai, Goa and Kerala. Mumbai is a dynamic city, the center of India’s business life. It is big, brash and poverty and riches sit side by side. I loved it.

Goa is moving away from its reliance on iron ore and metalwork and tourism is becoming more important. The Portuguese influence is evident in the wonderful Catholic churches.

Kerala is one of India’s most interesting states with the highest literacy levels, the weakest caste system and a powerful communist party. Hindu nationalism has much less purchase in this part of India.

Busy street scene in Mumbai (Photo: ©John Rennie Short)

Catholic cathedral in Goa (Photo: ©John Rennie Short)

Trucks outside the port of Kochi, Kerala (Photo: ©John Rennie Short)

Union workers- in red- moving rice in backwaters of Kerala (Photo: ©John Rennie Short)

Ladies in Kerala wear their best saris to celebrate Diwali (Photo: ©John Rennie Short)