The previous photo of the “school bus” on the streets of Delhi is the anomaly. This is what the traffic is really like, especially on the streets of Old Delhi, a walled city within a city. The 2016 census estimates a population of 18.6 million people, which has risen by nearly a million in just two short years. Perhaps you can see the concentration necessary to navigate such a scene in the eyes of my friend – a resident of India’s capital. He prefers to drive out of the city whenever possible.
One of many visual contradictions encountered in Delhi. There were stray dogs everywhere – so many that they simply blended into the mass of people and vehicles that left few voids to be occupied by any new body or object. This pooch found a private spot and added to the window dressing of one of New Delhi’s upscale clothiers.
Last week I visited India for the first International Conference on the Conservation of Sarus Cranes and Wetlands in Uttar Pradesh, at a center about 5 hours from Delhi. We had just one day in the city before heading home. Our hosts took us to this Madrasa and the artist below graciously allowed me to take a photograph of his work in progress.
I just returned from a very last minute and too-brief trip to an international conference on the Sarus Crane in Saifai, India. Here are a couple of photos from the adventure. A traditional and well known dance troupe performed for delegates of the conference on the first night. Our final day was spent on a whirlwind tour of Delhi, and I will sort and share photos in the days and weeks ahead.