Glimpses of India by Kristian Bertel

India is a destination of discovery for those who love to see the world differently and the photographer Kristian Bertel spends his time photographing this amazing country with its rich cultural life and many colours. In this guest post,  he shares some of his travel moments with us from the second most populous nation in the world.


There is a sense of vulnerability in the photographers work, where people are portrayed and the streets in India.


Street portraits in India

India is one of the world’s most multidimensional countries, presenting a wildly diverse spectrum of travel encounters. Some of these can be challenging, particularly for the first-time visitor, where the poverty is confronting and the sights, sounds, tastes and smells are all parts of what makes India a unique travel destination. Kristian photographed the man above in Pushkar, India.


From the glorious Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur, you can see the blue city.


A happy girl in a village near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India.


Village life in India

Most of India’s people live in villages, where the most villagers are farmers who work in nearby fields. A typical Indian village is a collection of mud-and-straw dwellings. These homes are generally small, consisting of one or two rooms with mud floors. Wealthier families live in brick or concrete houses. Most villagers own few possessions and these belongings typically include brass pots for cooking and clay pots for carrying water and storing grain. Village people cook foods on a chula, which is a clay oven that burns coal. People sit and sleep on cots of woven string, which are dragged outside on warm days and a local well or nearby pond or river provides water for most villages, but some of the larger villages have running water.


Photo of woman wearing a sari in Varanasi. A sari fills a practical role as well as a decorative one. It is not only warming in winter and cooling in summer, but its loose-fitting tailoring is preferred by women who must be free to move as their duties require.
Photo of woman wearing a sari in Varanasi. A sari fills a practical role as well as a decorative one.


The spiritual life in India

One of the first things travellers are likely to observe about India is how everyday life is intertwined with the spiritual. From the housewife who devoutly performs puja, which means prayers each morning at a tiny shrine set up in a corner of the home, to the shopkeeper who, regardless of how many eager-to-buy tourists may have piled into the premises, rarely commences business until blessings have been sought from the gods.


Photo of a vegetable seller in Varanasi, India. Vegetables are served at every main meal, and sabzi which means vegetables is a word recognised in every Indian vernacular.
A vegetable seller in Varanasi, India. Vegetables are served at every main meal.


A wide variety of Indian food

Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions.


Kristian Bertel

Kristian is the author of the post above, he was responsible for clicking these great images and describing them, Kristian is a photographer, and a traveller, who loves photographing people and landscapes. He has a keen interest in photographing people. Because all people look different, they will probably be his most interesting subjects also in the years to come. He chooses his subjects based on many things, for example if they are dressed in traditional clothing or if a subject has a great expression or is standing in a great scenery.


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