Returned from a trip to Jodhpur ~ The Blue City, a couple of days back, but the visions and experiences of that place are still fresh on my mind...
With its blue houses and colourful people, the trip was a visual extravaganza. It was a treat to the eye to see the locals with their sun-kissed skin and chiseled sharp features, moving about in amazingly bright coloured clothes. Their attire also went very well with their warm and hospitable nature.
We had specifically gone there to see the unadulterated lifestyle of the people of old jodhpur in their houses and capture it in our cameras, but we were quite skepticle about what would be their reaction when a bunch of stangers like us would want to get inside their houses, disturb their peaceful lives and on top of it take their pictures too. But to our pleasant surprise, in each house that we went to, we were welcomed with such warmth and enthusiasm, that we were touched. In every house that we entered, we were taken on a tour inside the whole house, up to the terrace and the people gladly posed for us too. There wasnt one house that we left without having water or tea or some snacks.
The hospitality of those people to compelete strangers liked us won our hearts. They also brought us closer to our Indian values where a guest is valued like god "Atithi devo bhava". Where else in the world do you find people who show so much of warmth even to unknown people? This trip to this colourful city with its even more colourful and warm people gave me one more reason to feel proud to be an Indian.