Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Hippie in Heels.

What I was up to other than here:

  • Check out these 10 UNESCO sites given over by 10 travel bloggers; I wrote about Hampi. I was also quoted in this article on 201 travel tips for people coming to India. Although some of the tips are a little extreme (particularly the food ones, as I eat street food and drink filtered water), they are helpful for those new to India. I also added a little bit to this fun beauty article where some bloggers shared their favorite items.
  • Other than that, I think I have the flu or something & India is very hot so we are thankful the power has stayed on and we can be in the A/C. Thinking of the people who aren’t so lucky here AND WE ARE GOING TO LANGKAWI MALAYSIA TOMORROW AM! I am so excited to explore with the people from Natural Langkawi and share with you :)

Now your story,

I ask people all the time what stands out to them when they look back on their trip in India. Britani talked about all the people wanting photos with her at the Taj and my mom and dad also mentioned that type of thing happening at Hampi.

I’m not sure the obsession with taking photos with foreigners, but I’m not bothered by it. While having a tour guide in Karnataka, who translated for me, I learned that after a group took a photo with me the woman said “I can’t wait to show this to my mother when we get back”.

Sometimes, the people haven’t seen a foreigner before other than TV. Other times, it’s boys who just want to collect photos. It’s something that’s bound to happen on your trip to India and I’d love to get the perspective of my Indian readers on why this happens.

One interesting one I get a lot is a family wanting a photo. They usually want me to hold a baby if they have one and sometimes the father of the family wants to shake my hand in the photo. A couple girls I met told me they were on the beach in Goa when a man just plopped his baby down in front of them and took a photo without saying one word, and he was gone.

one day in hampi, indians want photos with foreigners

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