I have often seen the topic ‘dress code for women in India ‘ being discussed on travel message boards, so I decided to articulate my thoughts with pictures!
The first thing that comes to my mind is that there are many ‘India’ and the dress would depend on where you are. In general I still believe we are conservative in our dress sense more so in smaller places.
For example this was a picture I clicked at Anjuna Beach in Goa. You can wear a bikini on some of the Goa beaches but it will attract a lot of attention.
However it is also not uncommon to see women wearing a sari and entering into the water on a beach! The picture below is from Havelock, a beach in Andaman Island.
It is also possible that at the same beach there are people in sari as well as beach wear.
Sari is a popular dress at smaller places. But hardly anyone will expect a tourist to wear it. Truth be told I also can not tie it. These women in their colorful saris gathered to see the hot air balloon that landed near their village.
It is becoming more of a ceremonial dress in the cities. However what you see the young girl in pink wearing, called a salwar kurta is very popular all across the country. I have seen some foreign tourists also trying it.
It is very common in urban areas to wear trousers, jeans, Capri or ‘long shorts’ as you can see in this picture. If you need more proof here is a similar picture from Mussoorie, a popular hill station in India.
And finally yours truly at Della Adventure, we were a gang of girls and had fun. I am in the white shirt at extreme right.
So in conclusion as I said what you wear in India depends on where you are! Also it depends what you can carry off. In India staring is common, just ignore it, it is usually nothing personal against you. But in the end we are a conservative lot, when in doubt make the error on the side of caution.
As usual these are just my personal thoughts! Nothing official about it.
I wonder what my answer would have been a few days back? I am curious what your answer would be?
But today I would say my greatest asset is being healthy. You only realize it when you see getting up and sitting down becoming an issue. You only realize it when walking is an issue. And then once all goes back to normal I will forget it once again. How completely for granted I take my being healthy and how small is my gratitude for it!
If you have been blogging for some time now you might have noticed that our blogs change, they go through phases and at least in my case my blog has grown up with me. When I look at some of my earlier posts and the pictures I posted I often wonder aloud- how could I have ever posted that pic? In my case it has been 7 years of blogging and seems like a long, long time.
I started blogging because my sister and brother-in-law insisted that I blog too and gave me no peace till I started. Initially I would blog whenever I felt like but for past few years (I have not kept count) I make you all on my RSS (or those who read my stuff regularly even otherwise) suffer almost daily.
There was a time when I would take my blog only so seriously. Not that I take it (or myself) too seriously even now but there is one difference. I will tell you what but in a minute.
When I started, it was for pure fun, for recording my journeys and since I would anyway take pictures, I would put a few in my posts too. Then came a time when I would post only pictures on this blog. But thankfully I outgrew it.
To begin with, I was not so serious about my photography but it really grew on me. I have developed a passion for photography that refuses to go away or diminish in any way! And I hold this blog responsible for it!
Slowly I started getting invited by hotels (the first trip was in 2006 I think) in India. Some money (largely loose change but sometimes a little more) also started coming my way through blogging. Recently I got invited to Malaysia because of my blog!
Even till the start of this year if I ever got worked up about my blog traffic etc. I would ask myself- “why did you started blogging?” and the answer would be- “because it was fun.”
Did you notice the past tense. Try as I may, this tried and tested recipe is not working any longer. If I get worked up now about my blog due to some reason (like that tweet button on the top of the posts is not working and I have no clue how to fix it) I try asking myself again, “so why do you blog?” But in reply all I get is a silence. I am not sure of the answer any longer and I do not know if it is a good thing or a bad thing. I hope time will tell.
How long have you been blogging? Have you changed as a blogger? Do share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you on this.
What if someone asked you the same question- what is your travel blogging niche? Do you have an answer? I have to admit I was pretty stumped when this question was put to me! But since then I have been thinking.
I started this blog just to talk about my own trips. There was no expectation whatsoever from the blog. I wonder if it was a good thing or a bad thing? I started blogging in June 2005 and if you told anyone that you had a blog then the usual question was, who reads it?
But coming back to the blogging niche bit, the trouble with me is I just love to travel, be it by rail, road, air or water. I love trekking but I love beaches too. And I enjoy everything in between. I have obviously traveled more in India but if I get an opportunity I love to explore a new country or revisit the one I have already been to. So where does that leave me? Quite without a niche!
I can only say I don’t like crowded places and I like it more outdoors. It is not that I can’t spend half a day inside a museum but after that I will love to walk around for the rest of the day. But after having said all this I am still quite without a niche.
In the end I could think of only one place to park myself- the average traveler category, the one who has a full time job, a child and a husband and all that goes with it! I am happy if I can get out once a month though sometimes I cannot. And it still leaves me with enough material to blog daily till I go out again!
What do you think? What is your travel blogging/blogging niche? Do you think it is important?