India And Its Intricacies


India is a very intricate place in every sense of the word. It is complicated and it is detailed. It is complex and sometimes difficult to understand. But all of this is what makes India one of the most unique and interesting places in the world. It is also its beauty.

Intricate ceremonies and festivals

Dhuni: Getting rid of your attachments via fire:

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A traditional Maharashtrian Birthday Ceremony & Celebration:


The Clothing

The clothing in India is absolutely intricate and beautiful with its detailed patterns and beautiful range of colors.

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See related: Different Types of Indian Women Clothing

triveni saree3 A metal heart fence and colorful saris.

The Roads

India’s roads are infamous for being dangerous and crazy. Rules don’t apply. As a foreigner, you would have to be brave to take them on.

Traffic.Families riding motorcycles is a common procession


Indian food is one intricate type of cuisine because of all of the different spices and ingredients that they use for different kinds of dishes. There is a science to it.

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Me cooking in India.

Indian street food at the Bollywood Theater restaurant, Portland, OR

See related: Bollywood Theater, Indian Street Food in Portland, Oregon


The harvest process of saffron is very intricate, making it one of the most exotic and expensive spices in the world.

See related: Saffron: The Most Expensive Spice

making chapatischapati roti

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Adornments and Decorations

Indian people love decorating and often have meanings for every detail involved.

Indian CowHorse carriage in MumbaiDigital Cameracowssamadhi3painting ganesha statues

India people are masterful with their hands and create amazing artwork in all kinds of mediums from sculpture to painting to music.

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See related: Behind The Scenes: Statues for Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu Festival)

ganesha statues


Women in India don’t leave the house without any jewelry. The silverwork in India is one of the most intricate in the world.

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Even laundry is complex in India.

Below is Dhobi Ghat, a well known open air laundromat in Mumbai, India.


What essential intricate part of India did I miss?

34 thoughts on “India And Its Intricacies

  1. Each picture is just saturated with color — so vibrant!


  2. Great post. India is my home country. You have beautifully captured a lot of it 🙂


  3. Jut reminds me of my holidays in India – all the pictures looked beautiful!


  4. I agree–the colors are wonderful.



  5. Ahhh your post made me so happy 🙂


  6. i love INDIA!!! your pics are beautiful


  7. This is epic! I’ve been dreaming about traveling to India for a long time. It’s no. 1 on my “exotic” places bucket list. The colours and patterns are so beautiful and intricate indeed.


    1. Wow, I wasn’t expecting “epic” 🙂 Thanks!

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  8. Very cool. This was a beautiful and honest article. Loved the picture of the “Mehndi” – hand art! Thanks.


  9. realplacespeoplestories May 1, 2015 — 4:20 pm

    I love all of these. the clothes, the culture, food, traditions and ways. Makes me have many nice memories to my time in India. 🙂 You pictures are really great!


    1. Not the roads? Haha. I guess the roads are more chaotic than beautifully intricate! Thank you.


  10. Such beautiful photos! It has been lovely to see India through your lens! I hope to travel there someday myself.


    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed them.

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  11. Great photos – when my daughter was in India, she rented a scooter which I was pretty nervous about as you can imagine


    1. I don’t have kids but I would totally be nervous! Haha.. I attempted to drive one in rural India but I had never tried driving it myself and India was not the best place to learn, I failed.

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  12. Girl Gone Expat May 1, 2015 — 7:29 pm

    I can definitely relate to the food – it was great! I believe I never had so much great food on any of my travels before. I would have no idea how to make these delicious dishes myself 🙂


  13. Perfect images for the word intricate. The henna work on the hands and arms is amazing and I love the bright colored clothing. I’ve never cooked with saffron because it is such an expensive spice and not easy to find.


    1. You have to buy it in India 🙂 That’s where I cooked with it. But even then, avoid the tourist traps for saffron. I got it in rural India.

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  14. What a collage of color and vibrancy. The henna hands are my top pick though. Such an amazing country you describe Mani.


  15. There is so much to cover in India………. Indian street markets (Have you ever been to Delhi and visited Lajpat Nagar or Sarojini Nagar market), different food cuisine (Sound India – Idli, Sambhar etc, North east India)!!
    For how long have you been in India and have been to which all parts of the country?


    1. You are right, there is so much. I have not been to those markets, but I have been to some markets. I have only visited the state of Maharashtra. I am not currently in India but I have visited more than 10 times and lived there for 3 months.

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  16. I was actually explaining some of the complexities to a foreigner yesterday who had some not-so-positive views about India. Well written.


    1. Thank you. Indeed India is very complex and often misunderstood.

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  17. At this time of the year, all I crave for are the mangoes 🙂 Lovely shots, can’t wait to return next month…


  18. Excellent choice, Mani! Thank you for the culture tour of India. Really enjoyed the post and photos. 🙂


  19. Beautiful collections of pictures Mani! You have captured it well and great to see India through the eyes of your lens.

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