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Re: Egg Trees in India ?

DrFumblefinger ·
Camel eyelashes are used in making the paintbrushes for fine details, and camel urine is concentrated to make the yellow pigment in these beautifully detailed paintings. A fine example of how nothing useful (or even not that useful) ever goes to waste in India.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, 13 Dec 2013: Sati Handprints - 15 Jodphur Queens left their handprints...

Theodore Behr ·
That is an amazingly sad story. But that's for sharing that wonderfully symbolic photo, Mac.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, 13 Dec 2013: Sati Handprints - 15 Jodphur Queens left their handprints...

Former Member ·
My main purpose in traveling is to see how things are done elsewhere. I try only observe and not overlay my personal opinion on what is there. After all, the point is to see and learn. Sometimes, as in this case, it can be hard to lay aside those personal feelings. The old custom does speak volumes about the importance to these people of tradition and structure in their lives. Thank you for the thought provoking photo.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, 13 Dec 2013: Sati Handprints - 15 Jodphur Queens left their handprints...

Mac ·
One of the saddest sights that I have experienced in my travels is to be seen at the “Iron Gate” ( Loha Pol ) of the massive Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India. Here, there is a painted and garlanded panel where 15 small hand prints were made by the wives of the Maharaja as they left the fort and went towards his funeral pyre  where they immolated themselves following his death. Known as Sati marks, these gilded hand prints most likely date back to the 1843, the...
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Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (Where Gumbo was #210)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, India. An 18th century royal observatory with a most fascinating collection of instruments used to observe and measure the sun, stars, earth's rotation and such. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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February 4, 2017: Stepwell Near Jaipur, India

Professorabe ·
ProfessorAbe wonders whether these real-life Indian stepwells may have been an inspiration for M.C. Escher, but they certainly impressed ProfessorAbe!
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Egg Trees in India ?

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell gives as an insightful look into life in Rajasthan and some of the changes that the area has undergone in the past few decades.
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Re: February 4, 2017: Stepwell Near Jaipur, India

DrFumblefinger ·
These stepwells are really quite amazing to see. They're quite deep and the stairs are very steep. Makes me think I'd fall to my death fetching a bucket of water. Thanks, Professor!
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Re: February 4, 2017: Stepwell Near Jaipur, India

GarryRF ·
I could spend a few days there with my "slinky" chasing down the steps. But just looking at the photos gives me a dizzy spell !!
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Re: February 4, 2017: Stepwell Near Jaipur, India

Philip ·
It is indeed a fine stepwell. If you're interested in other spectacular stepwells, takespecially a look at our collaborative Stepwell Atlas - over 800 stepwells round the world are accurately mapped, with photos and info. Please add any missing Stepwells to the site ( www.stepwells.org and "Stepwell Atlas" android app)
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Re: February 4, 2017: Stepwell Near Jaipur, India

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a useful link, Philip, thanks!
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Re: February 4, 2017: Stepwell Near Jaipur, India

Professorabe ·
Thanks for the link, Philip. I'm off to India in a couple of weeks' time and your map will prove invaluable.
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Re: February 4, 2017: Stepwell Near Jaipur, India

Philip ·
Great! There are many amazing stepwells to see, sometimes hidden close to much-visited spots. Please do update Stepwell Atlas if you find any stepwells not on our map (or indeed if you get photos of stepwells currently missing pics, or accurate coordinates of stepwells mapped approximately)
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Re: Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (Where Gumbo was #210)

GarryRF ·
We all like to think astronomy this accurate belongs in modern day equipment. This illustrates the brilliance of mathematicians and astrologers from hundreds of years ago. Amazing find DrF !
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Re: Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (Where Gumbo was #210)

PortMoresby ·
Remarkable!
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Water Palace and Roadside Market, Jaipur

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits the Jal Mahal, or Lake Palace, in Jaipur. A thriving market has been established in the view parking lot.
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Roadside Shops near Jaipur

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares some of the images he captured through the window while driving to Jaipur
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Krishna Textiles, Jaipur

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits a textile shop in Jaipur, learns some of the techniques used to stain the cloth, and is given the opportunity to purchase a beautiful assortment of high quality mertchandise.
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Re: Roadside Shops near Jaipur

Amateuremigrant ·
You’re quite right about the small number of enterprises that pay taxes. A principal reason for this is the paltry salaries of tax inspectors, combined with the labyrinthine legal structures to enforce tax law. One smart employee could tie up the state lawyers for decades, or more efficiently, contribute to the black money fund needed to support the inspectors family and pay for exorbitant wedding costs !
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Re: Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (Where Gumbo was #210)

Marilyn Jones ·
I visited when I was in Jaipur. Thanks for the memories!!
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Re: Through the Rear Window: Traveling to Jaipur

Amateuremigrant ·
A nice collection of the everyday in Rajasthan. Sometimes ‘the sights’ seem peripheral to the constant bustle of coming, going, making, growing, buying, selling and the not quite understood activities (to the stranger). That firewood looks like sugar cane to me - more like fodder for the house goats !
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Through the Rear Window: Traveling to Jaipur

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger enjoys road trips. His travels in India gave him plenty of time to study and photograph the changing scenery from his tour van window.
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Old City Market, Jaipur

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger enjoys visiting markets. This one was scattered around the streets and shops of the Jaipur's old core.
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Re: Krishna Textiles, Jaipur

Marilyn Jones ·
I have a beautiful mural hanging in the living room that I purchased at Krishna Textiles. I also still have the stamped peacock I made. Great memories!
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