Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Visit to Mysore, part 1

I hadn't been to Mysore since my first trip to India almost 20 years ago. Much has changed in India, and Mysore has grown, but it remains relatively sleepy and charming. It reminds me of what Bangalore was like 20 years ago. Much of Bangalore's charm has been erased by the boom-related growth and sprawl, not to mention traffic and slums, while Mysore invokes images of its regal past. The roads were built to transport the maharajah, not British military families (or Italian POWs) like Bangalore. Also, lots of the old buildings remain. Let's hope they don't suffer the same fate as the old buildings of Bangalore.

Poorly organized and behaved crowds outside the palace.

The palace remains impressive, and now there is enough electricity to keep the lights on for more time than in the old days.
Sunday at the zoo. Big crowds.
Elegantly dressed women, shabbily dressed men. Unfortunately, the rule rather than the exception.

More animal shots will come, but here's some of the signage, always interesting for me.

People watching the monkeys, and monkeys watching us.

The zoo store was quite sad. With all these great animals, and real monkeys around, the t-shirts were disappointing.

1 comment:

Alejandra said...

Hi Professor King! Just passing through to say hello. I love your pictures of the old buildings; they are beautiful! Hope all is well, take care!

Alejandra (fall semester 2007 economic dev't in latin america class)