Photos by Madeline Titus (American University) Student Correspondent UW in India, Fall 2017
This was one of our first meals in India, during our orientation in Delhi. It was amazing! There was a sign on the window as we walked in that said “Unlimited Food, Unlimited Happiness”
While in Delhi, we walked around the city and our program director Harini ji brought us to an old well with ghats/steps leading down to the water. The water level was low, but it typically changes depending on the season.
We visited Humayun’s Tomb, built during the Mugha era and rule in the early 16th – 17th century. It is thought to have been the inspiration for the Taj Mahal.
Inside Humayun’s Tomb. Those who were closest to the king, family, friends and barber, were buried in the complex as well. We saw about 20 tombs.
We visited Gandhi Smriti, the place where Gandhi spend the last 6 months of his life. He was sadly assassinated while on his way to his daily meditation and communal prayer on the grounds of where he lived. Gandhi’s last steps are marked by raised stone footprints.
While visiting the Qutb Minar, an ancient Moscue and burial site, classmate Calady examined the intricate details of the prayer wall in one tomb. Even in death, the person’s head will be turned toward Mecca, and a wall within the tomb will be specially marked signifying the direction
While on our evening boat tour on the Ganges, we watched a daily communal event celebrating the river.
We often see cows wondering around on the busy streets but also in the alleys in Varnasi. Here is a cow sifting through some garbage, looking for something to eat.
In our Urban Geography class, we go on walks around the city to explore the history, structure and modern function of places and buildings. While on a walk, touring temples, we ran into two women paying homage to a statue of the lord Shiva on the river banks of the Ganges. Shiva is both depicted in a human-like form and also as a pillar mounted on a circular, horizontal base to represent “male energy and female energy”.