Before leaving on our trip, I read someone describe India as simply 'more'--more colorful, more crowded, more spicy, more humid, etc. I agree. It is certainly a place for which photographs simply can't paint an accurate picture, especially to those who have never seen or experienced such a place. For every picture I took, there were 1000 more I didn't take; there was simply too much to see. I tried to photograph enough so that years from now, when the tastes, smells, and sounds are hard to remember, I'll have plenty to look back at, but not so much that I didn't take time to just sit back and experience.
A Few Facts about India
- India is the second most populous country with over 1.21 billion people (2011 census), more than one sixth of the entire world's population.
- Mumbai is the largest city with 12.5 million people. New York, the largest city in the US has 8.2 million.
- In total, there are 1,652 languages and dialects spoken, with 22 being official languages.
- Hinduism makes up roughly 80.5% of the nation's religion, followed by 13.4% Muslim, 2.3% Christian, 1.87% Sikh, and .77% Buddhist. There are several other religions practiced as well.
- The preamble to the Constitution of India mandates equal and tolerant treatment of all religions. It does not have an official state religion.
- Almost one-third of Indians practice lacto-vegetarianism.
- Field Hockey is the official national sport, but Cricket is the most popular sport.
- The divorce rate is roughly 1%, compared to about 40% in the US.
The following photographs were taken around the city of Visakhapatnam. The city is home to 1.7 million people and sits on the coast of the Bay of Bengal.