October 20, 2011 | By: Andrew Centofante | Tags: travel
This was just a cute shot I grabbed of some school children walking home near Sarnath. Holding hands is actually done quite a bit in India usually by males who are friends. One day I was sitting in a music store listening to a man play the sitar. Another man was standing so I scooted over to offer him my seat. He excitedly thanked me, grabbed my hand and held it in his lap. We sat for a little while holding hands listening to the music. It was definitely uncomfortable but it was also really nice to connect with someone through something as simple as holding hands.
One other thing I have got to mention is how Indian people nod yes. It is actually a figure eight movement that looks more like a wobbly no. It was incredibly confusing at first but I got it by the end of the visit. The more I saw it, the more grace I saw in it. It could see kindness in the simple head tilt and it made me feel very welcomed.