Five Senses of India

7 Jan

I really wanted to blog about my trip this week – there’s just way too much to share with you. However, until we solve the whole camera and image download dilemma – most of our pictures are on the point and shoot (battery charger is fried because of a power surge on the train) and a DLSR that was on loan to us (our MacBooks don’t have SD card readers) – I won’t be doing full posts just yet.

It’s also been a challenging week, returning to work and playing catch up, while also trying to train my body to live again in my own time zone.

The details of my trip are so fresh and juicy in my mind and I don’t want to lose them. One thing that is especially notable is that your senses are assaulted the minute you arrive in India and what’s quite wonderful is that the sensory stimulation is constant. This is something I always want to remember

Sight – Beauty is everywhere, from the green lushness of Goa, to the colourful crowds of people on train platforms, to the magnificent Taj Mahal, every single thing commands your attention and dazzles your eyes.

Smell – Here, it’s so pungently human – the smells of urine, garbage, diesel, incense and spice overwhelm your senses.


Sound – A constant, boisterous, blasting sound. Everyone shouts, even in conversation. Horns blare, stray dogs battle for territory, birds scream, trains blow their horns and drone constantly all day and all night.

Taste – Flavours are complex and layered. I will never be able to have Indian food again without remembering how perfectly true it tasted there.

Touch – You are constantly touched and bumped. Bodies are pressing and jockeying, and strange hands are tugging,
poking, begging.



7 Responses to “Five Senses of India”

  1. Maureen January 8, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    Love this post & how you summarized trip! It reminds me of the Philippines. It’s sensory overload there as well. These photos are fabulous! I can’t even imagine the other photos on your other cams… it will definitely be a sight sensation!

  2. Ai January 8, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Great post! I love the pictures and can’t wait to see the rest of them. I really hope your camera issues get resolved.

  3. Elisse January 10, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    What a great way to describe your trip! I love the photos you’ve put up so far! Hope you get the rest of them sorted out!

  4. Jill January 11, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Your shots really transpire the viewer into the place –
    great job! Blessings, Jill

  5. kat January 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    you should be used to people shouting and yelling – you’re of chinese descent haha!! 😀

    love the pics – it summed up your trip beautifully

  6. Leeann @ Join the Gossip January 19, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    Great photos! I love the hipstamatic app! How did you get the photos so big?

  7. ashley hasty January 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Looking forward to seeing your It’s In the Bag Blog Crawl post!

    ❤ Ashley

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