When Margaret first suggested Bhopal, all I could think of was the terrible 1984 Union Carbide disaster, that poisoned and killed so many. What could we possibly find there? There is a large Muslim population and we’ve had such wonderful experiences with that culture, so I was all for it. We were very taken with the unbelievable friendliness in Old Bhopal. “Welcome to India” “What country?” “Hello Sir, Hello Madam” were said to us everywhere we went.
Women in Niqabs can seem very remote and mysterious, but when you engage with them, as Margaret did with the woman holding the baby, they are anything but.
The Taj ul Masajid (mosque) shown here is an example of typical Mughal architecture. It can hold up to 175,000 people.
The real attraction for us however is the markets. I love the narrow laneways and bustle of activity.
At a park one day, we met 6 year old Simra (meaning heaven) and had a long conversation with her mother and father.
Old buildings with funky Indian wiring.
The food markets are the noisiest, with the vendors announcing their fresh produce and haggling for the best price.
I’m always looking into alleyways. It’s where surprises are often found.
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