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Experience India Through Sound

Nothing comes close to first hand experience. Pictures give you an impression of visual splendour. Souvenirs can help you remember the good times. Even foods, brought home, can revive the excitement of foreign travel.

Sounds, however – crucial to atmosphere – are rarely recorded when travelling. They can give a fantastic insight into what it feels like to be somewhere.

On my recent trip around Asia and New Zealand, I took with me an iPod equipped with microphone and recording software. I recorded hundreds of clips of everything from musical performances to traffic noise.

The task of sorting, editing and compiling has taken a while but here, for the first time, is my opening collection; India in sound…

(Many more to follow.)

INDIA – Agra Train Station – 22.9.2010 5:03am
Delay follows delay at Agra’s main station; waiting passengers sleep blissfully undisturbed.

INDIA - Agra - train tannoy agra announc 2 2010-09-22 0-11-50

INDIA – Train Varanasi to Gorakhpur – 10.10.2010 8:42am
Heated debate: India vs China economics.

INDIA - Train - train gorakphur varan argument china india politics 2010-10-10 3-20-03

INDIA – Jaipur – 26.9.2010 1:21pm
Walking through a bustling market being sold ‘Mike’ shoes.

INDIA - Jaipur - market street mike nike 2010-09-26 13-21-19

INDIA – Jaipur – 25.9.2010 10:49am
Snake Charming music piercing through corridors of the City Palace.

INDIA - Jaipur - loud music citypalace jaipur 2010-09-25 7-37-24

INDIA – Mandawar – 6.10.210 8:29pm
Tour leader Bishal provides a solo recital of some Indian and Nepalese classic music.

INDIA - Bishal sings nepali nat anthem 2010-10-06 14-55-48

INDIA – Ranthambore – 23.9.2010 10:10pm
Birds and insects lend this jungley hotel resort a calming natural night-time vibe.

INDIA - Ranthambor - rantab hotel night 2010-09-23 18-43-32

INDIA – Jaipur – 26.9.2010 9:32am
Touts offer postcards, puppets and even magic shows at the Amber Fort.

INDIA - Jaipur - Amber fort touts 2010-09-26 6-07-51

INDIA – Ranthambore – 24.9.2010 12:47pm
The school run combined with a train arrival and lunch time make for busy streets.

INDIA - Rothambor - street helloo 2010-09-23 8-13-31

INDIA – Ranthambore – 24.9.2010 7:50am
Packed tightly into a safari jeep, our group is warned against smiling at monkeys.

INDIA - Rothambore - jeep safari 2010-09-22 12-28-33

INDIA – Agra – 21.9.2010 – 3:03pm
A TukTuk (named after the sound they make) roars me across town to the Taj.

INDIA - Agra - tuktuk 1 2010-09-21 10-45-33

INDIA – Mumbai’s Chowpatty Beach – 27.10.2010 – 7:20pm
A beachfront Hare Krishna temple provides the soundtrack to a hazy sunset.

INDIA - Mumbai - Hare krishna temple 2010-10-27 12-44-37

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