What is the one word that helps you sum up India? Well, if you ask us, the one word would be “colorful”. Yes; from the people to the houses to the décor and even the streets—vibrant and colorful are the two terms that can be aptly used to describe India. And, do you know where you can visualize this variation of hues? It’s the streets, of course. And, this list is all about the streets of India—sometimes painted in vivid hues, sometimes in quirky hues while the rest of the times in shady and dark hues. So, here we go—
6. Nothing is More Prettier and Vivid than the People of India
Well, one of the first things which we notice on the Indian streets is the people. The picture gets even more vivid in some famous tourist spot or metropolitan cities where you get to see people of numerous religions, backgrounds and class all coming together for either work, travel or business.
Although the picture turns a bit claustrophobic in the metropolitans, it is indeed one of the colorful sights ever! Don’t you agree? Of course, we choose to remain mum about those people whose eyes see public toilets everywhere and nothing else.
5. In Indian Streets, Even the Inexpensive Vehicles Look Pretty
Perhaps India is the only country where you’ll find a horse cart, a bullock cart and a Mercedes lined up together.
The painted and the immensely decorated horse carts running along the Queen’s Necklace is indeed a sight to behold whereas the black military horses galloping to rhythmic beats at Kolkata’s Chowringhee Square everyday pronounce majesty at its best. What do you think? Of course, we again choose to remain mum about the traffic hassles created.
4. Oh! The Bazaars!
And, we are so not talking about the hip and happening malls out here. The traditional bazaars—be it a fish market or a vegetable market or a clothing market a la desi style—bazaars are one of the most endearing features of India, or so is termed by the travelers.
A bazaar, like the Dilli Haat, Sarojini Market, Colaba Causeway, Lucknow’s Aminabad or New Market, is a place where cultures meet and are exchanged, different people from myriad backgrounds can be found. These dimly lit, cacophonous areas are simply one of our favorites. Well, yet again we choose to keep mum about the associated slangs exchanged and the innumerable pockets picked!
3. The Buildings, Neighborhoods and More
Be it the colorful ales of a typical Tamil village or the whitewashed buildings in interior Goa or the chaotic and the on-the-verge-of-perishing archaic buildings in Bombay town, Varanasi and North Kolkata, someone has rightly pointed out that India resides in its neighborhood and ales.
And, add to that the people of numerous caste and creed that reside in those old buildings—everyone has a history to share it seems. Of course, we wouldn’t like to comment about the way these colorful buildings are being perished to erect more westernized malls and plazas.
2. Junk Food? Bring it On
Well, if you ask us, we’d say that there can never be anything more colorful than Indian food. And, the more junk it is, the better!
Visualize a chat stall at the Juhu beach—not only the stall is decked up with frills and other fanciful stuff, but the raw ingredients kept over it shout out colors too! Don’t you agree? Well, being a total junk foodie ourselves, we’d like to zip our lips over their hygiene debacle!
1. Festivities Galore
Lights, crackers, colorful clothes, smiling people, candy floss, popsicles, music, dance, gaiety—ah! There can never be any particular word to describe our Indian festivals. And, the best part is, our festivities would be completely incomplete without shaking our legs on the streets.
From playing holi in the streets to bursting firecracker rolls to the immersion of Durga or Ganpati—in order to get the best out of them, you have to do a rock-n-roll right at the streets! Again, the erratic traffic conditions thanks to the festivities have been ignored. And, so has been the irritation caused when unwillingly someone immerses you in color on Holi…..and, the list continues.