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While strolling the cities of Rajasthan, I found myself admiring the people of Rajasthan too. Especially the women, they wear bright outfits, colors like brilliant red, vibrant yellows and oranges, lively greens and dazzling blues.

Rajasthani Women and Jewelry

Most women keep their face covered and are shy to speak. Not all were willing to pose for me; still I managed to get some reasonably good shots.



They are known for their love for silver jewelry. The ornaments signify their marital status. Earlier those chudas, broad white bangles were made of ivory or camel bones, embellished with gold, precious and semiprecious stones. Now they are made of plastic.




The exquisite designs in their jewelry are a rage not only for the Indian ladies but also for foreign lady tourists. I too picked up some pieces of ornaments. 🙂


Rajasthani Men and Jewelry

Men of Rajasthan too wear jewelry, mostly in their ears. But I found their pagaris (turbans) more interesting. Practically their head gear serves the purpose of protecting their head from the scorching heat. It is also the most important part of their attire. The color of the turban and the style of tying it indicate his caste and the region to which he belongs.

Tying the turban is a specialized art. There are professional tiers who make roaring business during the marriage season and festival times just by tying pagaris.


This little boy very willingly posed for me, struggling to tuck his pagdi in, the right way. He was chattering happily and was eager to know from which part of the country I came. When I asked him, “Do you go to school?”, “Jata hoon na (Yes I do go)” he replied emphatically.

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When it is Durga Puja time of the year, Bengalis are in a frenzy celebrating the 4 days. Besides worship and prayers, eating and pandal hopping becomes major activities. (Pandals are places where the resident Bengalis of that area get together, contribute and worship Goddess Durga.)

This year I could make it to 11 pujas in the city scattered in various parts of the city. Here are 4 of them. Along with the decoration of pandal how the goddess is decorated becomes a hot topic of discussion.

The one below is from Koramangala Bengali association. This year they had a monochrome kind of decoration for the idols. Soft glittering peach shade.

The one below is from Kagdaspura. Very simply decorated the idols didn’t even have the crowns.

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This one below is from Brookefields. Nice glittering decorations, the ornaments too shining; overall a yellow gold effect.

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The final one of this post is from Assamese association of Bangalore. The whole place was very crowded and I had to take the pic from an angle. The decorations were of thermocol and overall there was a soothing snowy effect.

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Hope you all liked this set.

Our World Tuesday.

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