Photo Essay: UW in India

Photos by Madeline Titus (American University) Student Correspondent UW in India: Varanasi, Fall 2017

We were walking around the city again, and came across a bridge that had lanes, and water buffalo were crossing and using the lanes themselves. It was a funny and weird site to see.

We were walking around the city again, and came across a bridge that had lanes, and water buffalo were crossing and using the lanes themselves. It was a funny and weird site to see.

 

Dev Diwail - Is celebrated a 15 days after Diwali. In Varanasi, people light candles outlining streets, houses and the ghats and the river. The ghats have decorating contests. Many shops, and places are decorated with lights - similar to decorating houses for Christmas.  

Dev Diwail – Is celebrated a 15 days after Diwali. In Varanasi, people light candles outlining streets, houses and the ghats and the river. The ghats have decorating contests. Many shops, and places are decorated with lights – similar to decorating houses for Christmas.

 

Diwail

From Dev Diwali, Ximena, Kalady and I before we place our boats in the Ganga River.

 

My host family's cow recently had a calf. Her name is Kashi

My host family’s cow recently had a calf. Her name is Kashi.

 

hand art

We are able to do an elective class called tutorial, where we practice traditional India art, performing art or additional language classes. One student, Sadie, is learning mehindi, where hena is used to temporarily dye skin or hair. This is a picture of my hand that she was practicing on.

 

A few students went to a party and had their photo taken in the local newspaper.

A few students went to a party and had their photo taken in the local newspaper.

 

prayer string

While on another urban geography walk for class, we went into a sufi shrine, where a sufi saint was buried. Both Muslims and Hindus consider sufi saints of religious importance. Some people will tie a string on one of the windows with a specific intention offered to the saint. When their intention/prayer is answered they untie the string.

 

puppies

Five puppies were born right by my house, I pass them everyday on my way to school.

 

costumes

The program hosted a halloween party, where some of us dressed up.