The New York Times has an amusing (true) article about Indian traffic: Indians Hit the Road Amid Elephants

There's an accompanying slideshow. I loved the picture of a taxi's dashboard

because I keep thinking that I'd like to make a series of dashboard pictures -- dashboards with their various gods and adornments. Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, the dashboard can accommodate everyone.

This one is particularly ornate. The metal tissue box is common enough, but I usually see it on the shelf behind the back seat. There appear to be two perfume containers. There's a mala - a kind of Hinu rosary - hanging from the mirror. A tiny human figure? What's that? At its feet are some pictures, lying flat - perhaps of gods. I was told that people keep stuffed animals in their cars so that they will absorb any evil that may come to them -- if there's a collision, the toy animal will be 'injured', not you.

So I'm inspired anew to explore the dashboard world.


Lucy said...

Those funny animals are universal, aren't they? Odd to think there might have been a belief behind them. I wonder if anyone has actually been injured BY the toy animal?!

Ramesh Gandhi said...

That's a thought! It made me laugh - thanks for that.

Anonymous said...

what an interesting project that would make. I hope you do it1

Carla Sonheim said...

I just found your blog and am so excited as I went to India for the first time last June and LOVED it. Now I can visit it vicariously through you. You are hereby bookmarked.

Ramesh Gandhi said...

Thanks, Carla. I'm not posting as often as I used to - you might like to dip into my archives.