The Surprise of Bhopal

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.

Remember you can enlarge these by clicking on them.

 

 

5 Comments

  1. Joanie March 19, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

    Hello Michael – thank you so much for sharing your amazing photos!!! I will never forget the photo of Margaret after she had been color bombed in your previous photos – she was wearing her spirit on the outside of her skin!!! I also really love the above photo of the baby in the white Niqab – I have never seen that before – how strikingly beautiful in amongst the adults. This last trip to India made me want to travel more and thank you both for paving the way for me to Bhopal – I love that you were there for 4 days and saw no other Westerners – so it will be on my list! I also try to look down alleyways – always interesting! Always, Joanie

  2. David Brady March 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

    Love the shots. The wiring is something that you don’t really get until you stand on one of those streets where it is just everywhere. Great. Can’t wait to hear more about it. Hi Margaret. db

  3. Christine March 20, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

    As always…ever so engaging and beautiful photos and travel logs. Thanks so much for the updates! love to you both, cxx

  4. Colette Riml March 20, 2018 at 11:46 pm #

    I love following your journey Margaret and Michael…..your writings and photos make it come alive…continue to experience and enjoy…the biggest hugs Colette

  5. Jeanie March 22, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    One never knows. From the Union Carbide disaster to a wonderful welcoming society. What a pleasant surprise. I’m particularly drawn to the alley sweeper – moving dust around. XJ

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