While I was in India… they took my picture…

April 4th, 2013  |  by Veralyn Williams |  Published in Blog, Personal Essays  |  7 Comments

While here in New York City a shapely black woman with curly hair is (almost) a dime a dozen– in India we are a rear commodity. While walking the streets of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Pushkar– my picture was taken several times. Some people asked and some people snuck and just took my picture. So I started to take their pictures too…






  1. Uju Asika says:

    April 4th, 2013at 10:17 pm(#)

    I love it, so fun to see the people snapping away and you’re snapping right back. Must be an amazing trip, keep coming with the stories and photos x

  2. In India “Guest equals God” :: Veralyn Media says:

    April 5th, 2013at 9:16 am(#)

    [...] welcomed. Jokingly I’ll say I felt like Oprah, because everyone was so happy to see me. To take pictures with me. To help me. And not all encounters were about getting money from the foreigner. In fact the [...]

  3. David Smith says:

    April 5th, 2013at 2:24 pm(#)

    I had the same thing in Goa! I have a whole series of photos of groups of 20 something Indian men posing with me at Portuguese forts.

  4. Ms. Veralyn says:

    April 5th, 2013at 2:43 pm(#)

    Will do! And this trip was amazing! Just wrote about why: http://veralynmedia.com/2013/04/05/in-india-guest-equals-god/

  5. Ms. Veralyn says:

    April 5th, 2013at 2:44 pm(#)

    Wow! Did you ask why? That’s one thing I wish I did more of– ask why they wanted the picture.

  6. La Viajera Morena says:

    April 6th, 2013at 12:58 pm(#)

    Great shots :)

  7. CherilNClarke says:

    January 5th, 2016at 4:35 pm(#)

    I know this post is old, but this is too cute! I’ve heard about the fascination and picture taking. Wow! If it happens to me I’m going to snap back.

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