Welcome back to my blog, all you wonderful readers! I hope you’ve been having fun without me. I have been away on a very special trip – my third to India.
Our three-week trip was packed full of experiences and included no time for reflection. Now that I’m back – despite my time here being limited, too – I want to go over my notes and photos carefully, and try to make sense of all that I saw, heard, smelled, tasted and felt.
The one point I will mention now is about photos. As always, we visitors took photos. We photographed places and people (with their agreement). As before, children asked to have their photos taken, because they wanted to see their faces on our screens. That cheeky-looking boy in the middle requested several photos.
But this time there was a new phenomenon. People approached us to ask if they could take pictures of them together with us. More than ever, we became attractions. Probably we seemed more strange to them than they did to us.
This change came about, of course, because there are now so many mobile phones. In the old days, even those who had cameras wouldn’t have carried them around with them. Nowadays, anyone can whip out a mobile phone and snap away. Even in remote villages that have never had telephone lines, mobile phones are coming into use.
The world is changing. Some of the changes are good.