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Explorations through Ahmedabad, India

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Celebrations in India. From rural living to local festivals and even a wedding!
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Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
In a tiny village outside of Ahmedabad, I had tea with a sweet woman whose dowry included all of the copper and brass pots, stainless steel dishware, and the painted wooden cabinet below. The setup was completely normal to her, but I was enchanted...
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Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Ashram Rd, Hridaya Kunj, Old Wadaj, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380027, India
Gujarat isn't on the radar for most travelers who visit India. It's a dry state (alcohol is banned in Gandhi's homestate to honor his lifestyle and respect for a sober humanity) and it's a little bit off the beaten track from the usual Bombay,...
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Rajkot, Gujarat, India
Every morning. 7:25. Nothing else in the day will run on time, but this guy will bring his fruit cart to this intersection at 7:25 on the dot with an operatic announcement that rings through the neighborhood .... Kelaaaaaa!
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Drive In Rd, Nilmani Society, Gurukul, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380052, India
You will find everything here in much lesser price than the big brands though quality maybe compromised. But this is a fun place to visit if you want to see the old structures, small shops, hawkers and street vendors selling myriad things.
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Sola Rd, Ghatlodiya, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380061, India
The old part of Ahmedabad (east of the Sabarmati river) is teeming with character. A blend of cultures and communities came together for the markets along with stray animals. I particularly enjoyed the vegetable markets on Sunday. Epic...
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Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
After an entire weekend of kite flying during the Uttarayan festival in January, every neighborhood was littered with kite remnants. The competitions during the festival involve kite strings coated in a sharp glaze of glass shards to help slice...
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Chimanlal Girdharlal Rd, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
You never know what you'll see on Ahmedabad's bustling CG Road - luxury tailors at the Jade Blue store and the elephant on the street!!
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Dholka, Gujarat 382225, India
While interviewing midwives outside the Dholka village, I saw this bright red sari drying on the rooftop. Hanging from the tree is a stack of earthen pots that are keeping the homemade cream and butter cool in the summer sun. The country might be...
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Situated in a park just outside Ahmedabad's law school, the Law Garden Market is a marketplace filled with fun textiles, skirts & scarves, jewelry, traditional chaniya cholis, home decor, and more! Never buy anything at asking price - talk the...
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Just outside of Ahmedabad (take a bus) is this glorious step well. I'm standing about 2 levels down to take this photo. The well is designed almost completely underground and has a maze-like ladder that takes you to the bottom to gather fresh...
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Dholka, Gujarat 382225, India
Hot afternoon of field research on women's self-employment and prospects for emerging village enterprises. We took a break from home visits and interviewed these women as they gathered water for their households. So fiercely capable, strong, and...
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Rajkot, Gujarat, India
Last year, my cousin got married in our fathers' hometown of Rajkot, Gujarat. Traditionally the young women of the bride's family are sent out to welcome the groom's family before the ceremony. In anticipation of a 3-hour ceremony, we started the...
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Market, Bhayavadar, Gujarat 360450, India
Before the Navratri festival (9 nights), streetside vendors sell hundreds of thousands of these dandiya sticks which carry the rhythm of dancing across the entire state of Gujarat! Traditionally made of wood, the fancy ones above are colored...