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36 Pictures – Lalbagh and City Market

Saturday 5th May, 2012 Lalbagh, Bangalore

Today was crazy. We decided to go to Lalbagh and as always, I was apprehensive. It’s a park. Street life is busy and crazy but what are we going to photograph in Lalbagh? And as always, my expectations were waaaaay exceeded. At Lalbagh we met some seriously yellow people. Not due to jaundice, but due to haldi (turmeric) smeared all over themselves. Yellow people. Head to toe. Now how could I pass up the opportunity to photograph that?

So I went up to them and asked if I could take a few snaps and they graciously agreed. I then asked them why they were… um… so yellow? Of course, I didn’t ask it like that but that’s what I was thinking. They explained that they were on their way to this big Puja that happens every year at a temple about 2kms away from Lalbagh. There, as a part of the ritual, they walk barefoot on hot coals. Yeah. I was thinking what you’re thinking. Hot coals?!  Now how could we pass up the opportunity to see that? Sharan and I hung around Lalbagh for a while and then we made our way to this temple and wow, it was insane. The energy was just bubbling over in this area. More on that later…

For now, here’s a little sneak peek from this week’s edition of 36 Pictures.

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