It was for a marriage which brought me to India. Indians have their so called “caste system” (Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras)which is a system of social stratification, which I guess is slowly deminishing. This couple(photo on top) belongs to the highest caste which is Brahmins. It was said that originally, the wedding takes 10 days in the process but for my friend’s case(the woman in blue saree)they shortened it into two days. It was interesting because it is unusual. The ceremony takes place in an auditorium and the couple sits on the stage the whole time. Each ceremony takes 1-2 hours.
It was in Kerala that I went to- moustaches, coconut trees, God’s own country(for it’s gold), drinkers, readers.
This river is where people go for bathe before visiting their temple. I din’t get the chance to take a photo of the temple because my friend said it’s not permitted and I was outside waiting for them while they are worshiping.
There are plenty of coconut trees over there, basically, coconut here, coconut there, coconut everywhere!
I had a chance to visit two of the churches which are really huge. Most of the population over there are Catholics.
Establishments are more like this everywhere. They are old.
This is a COFFIN shop 😛
You can still see this AMBASSADOR car which is locally made. It looks so vintage, right? You can find them there everywhere.
They have unique cabs. They call them AUTO and they have meter reader. The fare starts at 20 rupees.
They are also known for their products which are made of brass.
Temples are everywhere. There is another one by the roadside.
This group is in for a PILGRIMAGE. This is what they wear for this occassion.
A very old temple.
Buses are so colorful 🙂
I found this banana tree in the backyard of my friend’s house. It has this heartshape blossom :).
They have wells where they draw water that is used for cooking and washing and bathing, basically, for all purposes. It looks dirty but once it reaches the faucet, it’s already filtered.
They are known for their cows so here is a barn where they keep them.
Here’s a smaller well. Scary it is 😛
Here is how an old Indian house looks. I stayed for 4 days in this house and it’s my friend’s. She said it used to be a place where most of the actors and actresses stay whenever they have shootings. Guess what? This house is 75 years old! It looks haunted, right? I want to show you some parts of it in the inside..
By the way, most of the cars over there are small like this because of the narrow roads. This car is locally made(TATA). So cute, right?
LET’S GO INSIDE…
The door looks so vintage. Its made of a finest teak wood.
The KITCHEN. The helper comes in their home every other day.
They are more comfortable using ceiling fans than airconditioners. All rooms have ceiling fan. This house has 14 rooms by the way including the WORSHIP ROOM(which I din’t take a photo of because I was kind of reluctant since for them its so sacred and I am not allowed to enter) but I din’t get a photo of all(was scared coz the house looks creepy for me but the parents are so accomodating eventhough they are so orthodox).
The stairway made of teakwood.
A vintage closet made of metal.
Most of the storages like this are wall mounted.
The living room with some of their Gods’ images.
A small part of the RECEIVING ROOM.
The DINING ROOM with another wall mounted storage.
That stair leads to the ATTIC where they store their grains.
There is a small room where they store the coconuts.
There is also this traditional stove which uses wood slabs to produce fire for cooking.
The men wear LUNGI. It’s a piece of cloth wrap around their waste which looks like skirt.
Kerala, is one of the most sought-after places in pottery making. Artisans here are experts in moulding pottery out of locally available clay.
A beautiful building structure.
A GASOLINE STATION.
I only had 4 days(which 2 days were merely spent for the wedding functions)so it was not enough to roam around and see more of their beautiful heritage which is still mostly intact.
Have you been to India also?