India is one of the most fascinating civilizations in the world, where more than 1.3 billion people of different religions and beliefs coexist together, along with several animals. These images taken in India perfectly represent how different and unique the culture of India can be.
You know the saying: "Like a bull in a porcelain shop?" Well, in India that is not just a saying, but potentially something that could really happen.
We all know what it is to go out and buy cloth to make a new sari and find a bull sitting in the middle of the store. We assume that this is something quite normal that happens in certain parts of India.
It seems correct
Have you ever been on a train so crowded that you can barely find a place to stop? Have you ever wondered how many people fit inside a train?
Well, this image is a perfect example of the Indian way of thinking outside the box. Why do people only fit inside the train, when people can also be placed above and around the train? With the population of India reaching more than 1.3 billion people these days, it is not surprising that these people need to find creative ways to travel on the crowded train.
This adorable picture shows the incredible connection that a person can have with an animal sometimes. This elephant shows his affection for the beautiful lady by touching her chin with her trunk, almost as if he were kissing her!
And we love how both the woman and the elephant dress so extravagantly, with beautiful fabrics and jewelry suitable for a member of royalty. What better way is there to capture the essence of this wonderful country?
One of the scariest things that can happen is for a snake to find its way to its home or its garden. Most of us are too afraid to approach slippery creatures, even harmless ones that are not poisonous.
But we think it is safe to say that the woman in this photo is not as afraid as we should be. Not only is he holding a huge snake, but he is doing it without blinking. Go girl
Just riding a bicycle with a donkey
What do you do when your donkey can't walk anymore? You put them on a motorcycle, of course.
Anyone who has driven a motorcycle knows that riding two people on a bicycle is crowded, so imagine throwing a big donkey in the mix. This Indian guy smiles while holding his donkey in his lap, which makes it look like something everyday. Have you never seen a donkey riding a motorcycle before?
Yes, this seems like a legitimate means of transportation. When you don't have a car, just build one!
For the driver's seat, you can use any old plastic garden chair in your backyard, and instead of a gas tank, you can use a large soda bottle to store the fuel. The most surprising thing is that this makeshift car actually seems to be working. Also, it looks so unique next to those old regular trucks.
Cow vs. McDonald & # 39; s
This image just says it all. The fast food giant McDonald’s has already reached almost every corner of the earth, and India is no exception.
Since the main religions practiced in India consider cattle to be sacred, McDonald's don't serve regular beef burgers, but chicken, fish and vegetarian options. This is a small victory for these two cows, who walk without fear right in front of the restaurant. In India, they cannot be touched!
If you've ever seen the movie Life of Pi, this image should ring a bell or two. Only instead of being stranded in a boat with a Bengal tiger, this guy sails calmly in his boat with a little television.
We are not sure how this TV is supposed to work, since there is no electricity in such a small boat, but perhaps imagining that you are watching TV is enough for this guy. Today's children cannot enjoy nature without having screens around!
Navigating the city
Who says you need a rickshaw to move around the city? You don't even need shoes, all you need is a skateboard and someone else's rickshaw to hold on.
This girl is having the best time of her life riding that skateboard in her beautiful sari, but we think there could be safer ways to move, especially when you are in the middle of the road. We mean, what happens if a cow suddenly crosses the street?
Real mannequins have curves
For years, we have been fighting negative messages towards our body image and self-esteem.
While the rest of the world uses regular mannequins that are thin and muscular, this place in India picked up the glove and decided to use a real-life male mannequin that would make anyone feel better about themselves. Now it's something we could be on board with!
Floods are not a joke and pose a real problem worldwide, including India. Nobody wants to see their house full of water to the knees and their furniture in ruins.
But this Indian family is taking it easy, as if nothing really important happened. Everyone is sitting in the flooded room and watching television, while their chairs and legs are in the water. Suddenly, we feel much better with the little things that we consider problems in our daily lives.
This could be the most decorated camel we have ever seen. But in India, it's really not something weird to see. Every year, in January, thousands of people come to visit the Camel Festival in Bikaner, India.
In addition to dancing folk music and riding camels, visitors can see some of the most beautifully decorated camels up close. The owners give their camels these "hairstyles" and unique designs to participate in a competition for the best decorated camel.
This image is another that perfectly represents the situation of the population of India. With so many people in so many homes, you need many more connection lines!
Being an electrician in India is becoming one of the most difficult jobs in the world. With so many lines, how can you know which is which and what is supposed to go where? This also seems a kind of safety hazard, when you think about it.
This seems like a legitimate brand for a restaurant, which is not derived at all from a different place that also serves fried chicken, for example … Kentucky Fried Chicken?
Seriously, however, we believe that the elegant type of SFC in this sign, with its mustache and elegant turban, is even more adorable than the type of KFC we know and love. And we have no doubt that Sandar's Fish N Chicken is as delicious as KFC as well.
Me and my monkey
Only a few men riding a motorcycle, nothing to see here … except the monkey who has joined the trip!
This image shows that, although some things may seem strange and out of the ordinary for some people, other people simply find that they are everyday things that happen from time to time. We love how this adorable monkey also clings to the person sitting in front of him, like a little human!
Elephant on board
There are few places in the world where you can see the magnificent view we see in this serene image. Where else would you see people moving a huge elephant in a small wooden boat?
While most of us have to visit the local zoo to see the beautiful and heavy animals, the people of India live next to them and can find them in all kinds of places, such as in a boat.
Facebook is everywhere
At first glance, not everyone will notice the specialness of this image. But if you look closely at this woman's attire, you will realize that the pattern may be vaguely familiar to you.
Yes, that is correct. That is the Facebook logo on that woman's sari. This shows that social networks have reached all parts of the world, and India is certainly not excluded from that. Except that, instead of wearing a shirt with the Facebook logo, they wear saris with the Facebook logo.
Onion Problem Solved
If you've ever tried to cut onions, you're probably aware of the problem these guys were trying to avoid.
It can be very annoying to have burning eyes and tearing when you're cutting those onions, but sometimes you just have to. Then, in a stroke of genius, these two men decided to skip tears wearing motorcycle helmets on their heads while doing their cooking activities … and we give them an A for creativity!
Defense benders are not a picnic. Of course, what happens to the car is not as important as the well-being of all the people involved, but it is still a shame when your car is damaged and you have to visit the car repair shop.
It takes time, and it usually costs a lot of money to fix it. But a person in India has found a way to avoid all that disaster. Simply paste the front of your car again and voila! That is brilliant in our books.
The biggest family in the world
Do you ever feel that your family is big and you can barely track them? Well, imagine being part of this family! In the village of Baktawng in India you can find the largest family in the world.
The family patriarch Ziona Chana has 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and at least 33 grandchildren so far. Everyone lives in a giant house with 100 rooms, and only one family dinner could take up to 30 chickens and 220 pounds of rice to feed everyone. Talk about a lot of cooking!
We love the way this man is rocking his mustache, and it is definitely not uncommon to see many Indian men growing their backpacks.
But what you may not know is that the police in Madhya Pradesh, India, can receive an extra payment to grow their mustache! The police chief noted that his mustache officers seemed to be receiving more respect than those without him, so he thought why not try to bring more respect to all his officers. We don't know if it works, but we love it anyway.
There is a reason why Hollywood and Bollywood love to present Indian weddings. Among the brightly colored costumes, vibrant decorations and fun dancing, they are parties like you've never seen them before.
And in India you don't even need to crash a wedding hall to get a peak, you can end up watching a wedding party parading down the street on the way to a ceremony. What is not to love from a good wedding?
Most drivers can't stand to honk while they're on the road, and for some it may end up driving you crazy. But in India, truck drivers not only don't care if they honk, but actually encourage them.
It is not uncommon to see the words "Horn ok please" on the back of a truck in India. This is the way the driver lets you know that he expects the horn to be honed if he approaches the back of his truck.
Have you ever had a reservation about the boy or girl your friend or relative was about to marry? Well, in India people have taken this concern and turned it into a booming business.
These days you can hire what they call a wedding detective to see a possible bride or groom. The locals insist that he is not spying, they just want to make sure that these people are who they say they are and that they come from good families. We do what we have to do for love, right?
Many Indians practice the religion of Hinduism, and part of the religion is the belief in reincarnation, which means that when you die you will be reborn as something new.
That could explain how someone came up with this hilarious signal that warns people of danger by telling them that unless they believe in rebirth, they may not want to move on. The warning is definitely good to laugh at, and there is no way people won't remember that signal in the future.
Who needs doors?
Anyone who has mounted public transport knows how annoying it can be when it is time to get off at your stop, but there are so many people between you and the door that has to pass.
Well, this woman in India decided that she didn't need a door to get off her bus, she would just go out the window. It may not be the safest idea, but hey, do what you have to do to get where you need to be.
Lock them up
It is a terrible feeling to lose a shoe or, worse, to have it stolen, so it is always important to protect your belongings.
However, we are not so sure that the owner of these particular shoes in India has been protecting them effectively. Blocking precious objects makes sense but flip flops? And who can say that someone won't decide to take them anyway. On the positive side, those shoes will not separate from each other in the short term!
No locks needed
Did you know that in India there are places where nobody closes their doors because they believe they are being protected by the local deity? This is even true in some banks.
In the village of Shani Shingnapur, most places don't even have locks or doors to start. And who needs locks when you have these loyal dogs watching the ATM. That is a security system that we would love to see all over the world!
No neighbors allowed.
Do you see that tall skyscraper in Mumbai? While you might think it could be an office building or an apartment building with many residents, there is really only one family living in the entire building!
It is one of the most expensive houses in the world, and billionaire Mukesh Ambani lives there with his wife and three children. Technically it only has 27 floors, but because some of the floors have high ceilings, the height of the building is closer to that of a 40-story skyscraper. You can believe??
Have you ever broken your refrigerator on a hot day and all you want is a good cold drink? Well, these Indians certainly became creative to solve their problem.
They decided to take some hangers, put them together, tie a bottle of coke and then place it so that the bottle could hang in front of the air conditioner. We don't know if it worked, but we hope these guys finally enjoy the cold drink they were looking for.
Having branded clothes and accessories is great, but let's be honest, many brands are really expensive. This is the reason why there is such a large market for discount items that cost much less (even if they are not completely legal).
Like New York, there are many places in India to take off your branded clothes, just be sure to check the products before buying them. This store in India was mixed and sold shoes that had the Nike and Puma brands. Oops!
Gogola is it?
We have to give this guy accessories for his smart marketing tool. We all know and love the Google homepage and this guy decided to use it for his own beverage stand.
Instead of Google India, its stand is called Gogola India, which is quite smart. In the search bar and the rest of his sign, he tells you what he is selling and all the flavors from which he can choose. We love her creativity, but I hope Google doesn't have any problems with it.
You may have heard your friends talk about how they would love to try a henna tattoo at some point, but in India they also have great cultural significance.
In India, this form of body art that uses henna paste is usually called Mehndi. Usually, Mehndi is traditionally used for brides before their weddings, and elaborate designs will be applied on their hands and feet. In some places in India, the bride and groom will also be adorned with henna designs. All we know is that they are beautiful to look at!
Most of the film industry in the United States revolves around Hollywood, but if you go to India, then it's about Bollywood.
There is nothing more fun than watching a typical Bollywood movie full of amazing dances, colorful costumes and, of course, a bit of romance. Every year around 800 Bollywood films are made, and the Indians themselves love to go see them in theaters. In fact, about 14 million Indians go to theaters every day in India! That is a lot of full seats.
Who doesn't like a nice and relaxing day at the spa? Sometimes, all you need at the end of a difficult day is to settle for a deep tissue massage and a hot bath. But spa days are not just for humans.
In Kerala, India, there is actually an elephant-only spa called the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Court Rejuvenation Center. On the premises, elephants can receive baths, food and even a relaxing massage. It seems like a good deal for elephants!
When you visit the doctor, it is important that you feel confident in your ability to care for him. But we are not sure how we would feel when we went to this particular doctor named Dr. Cholera.
Cholera is also a fairly serious disease that we definitely do not want to get. Who knows, maybe his ironic surname is what inspired him to get into medicine in the first place. Either way, we may be reviewing your references before making an appointment.
You are welcome
English can be a difficult language to learn, especially when it is your second language. When traveling outside of English-speaking countries, you will surely encounter some cases in which things probably do not mean what the person thought you wanted to say.
That is definitely the case with this sign that says: "Thank you for the inconvenience." We are not sure if they were planning to thank us for the service or apologize for the inconvenience, but something was definitely lost in the translation.
The Ramganga River in India is a tributary of the infamous Ganges River, and as this sign says, it is full of crocodiles. Crocodiles are not animals you want to mess with, so we can fully understand why it is prohibited here.
But what makes this signal so funny is the phrase about the survivors prosecuted, which means that some people may not leave the river to begin with. That is definitely a way to make swimmers think twice before breaking the rules for jumping.
Sharing the air
If you live in a place with hot and hot summers, then you know the importance of good air conditioning. But if you live in a place where you don't have it in your room? Talk about torture.
That's why we believe that the guys who fixed this should be great. Wearing a pair of pants to help direct the flow of air into your rooms is definitely one of the most creative and intelligent ideas we have seen. Hopefully, it helped cool their rooms so they could survive the heat.
A ticket please
If you have ever taken a bus or train somewhere, you already know everything about the waiting line at the station to buy a ticket.
Sometimes there are all kinds of strangers at the bus stations, but we are willing to bet that you have probably never seen a cow waiting in line. Cows really are everywhere in India, and it seems that this one had some important ideas about buying a ticket to a new place. I hope you enjoy your trip!
Send to the witches
Again, we have an English flaw with this sign. But, honestly, this mistake is so funny that we are almost willing to let it go. This food vendor was trying to list what he could buy at his store, such as pizza and drinks.
But instead of sandwiches, we receive "send witches." He may be a secret witch hunter who expects someone to make his job easier, but we have to ask ourselves if someone has taken this signal seriously and sent someone. Beware the witches!
Usually, if you want to eat before your flight, take something from the food court at the airport terminal or eat a snack at your door. But these guys are just having a picnic on the ground right next to the plane.
Maybe it was for religious reasons, or maybe they were just hungry, but in any case we are surprised that this was even allowed considering all the safety rules that generally apply. This is definitely a case of "only in India" in full effect!
In sickness and in health
Don't you hate when you go to a family event and it seems that everyone around you is sick? The last thing you need is to get the flu before returning to work.
Well, this family decided that they were not going to let a small disease get in the way of a happy event, so everyone put on surgical masks for a wedding. The main accessories have to go to the bride and groom who came to join their masks with their outfits.
We fully understand the idea behind telling children that they can do anything they want and should not allow anything to stop them.
But let's be honest, we may sometimes need to manage your expectations. We love that these two young children believe they are strong enough to pull this huge boat with just a small rope and its absolute strength, but the truth is that they might need a little help to make this happen.
It is not the cafeteria you are looking for
We all know Starbucks as the international chain where we can obtain our soy lattes or pumpkin and spice frappuccinos. But something tells us that this particular one is probably not the cafeteria we might be looking for.
This "Star Bucks" is in Goa, India, and instead of being a coffee chain, it is an informal place where you can eat something on the beach. Sounds great, but we hope you don't have copyright issues with the real Starbucks!
Don't eat the … what?
To be honest, we are a bit perplexed at what this sign is supposed to mean. At another failed translation time, this sign at the airport warns travelers that eating the carpet is strictly prohibited.
Maybe there were cases of people who really ate carpets and now have to warn them? Or maybe they are trying to tell us not to sit on the carpet? We are not sure what we should not do, so we hope that other confused travelers do not get into trouble!
What is in a name
Like the man with his beverage stand, these stores decided to capitalize on some well-known companies so that their own would be noticed.
That the Google store is not selling computers and tablets, they are selling clothes. Next to them is the men's clothing of WhatsApp and the fashion world of Play Store. We are not sure if they obtained permission to use these names, but we congratulate them for being bold enough to promote their products.