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Masked Maidens (India Week #033)

Adventures of an American Traveler

Masks are elaborate and everyone has one. It takes a while to get to know people. This doesn’t make them mysterious, it makes them like everyone else. ~Donna Lynn Hope


I don’t recall seeing them on my initial visit almost 7 years ago. Thinking my aging mind had simply forgotten or been overwhelmed by the complete culture shock one undergoes on a first trip to India, I reviewed all my pictures captured during my three India experiences spanning 2006 and 2007. The albums were devoid of them. My initial recollection of them was during a visit in 2012 when they seemed to be everywhere.

I first noticed the masked maidens cruising along as drivers of scooters or passengers on motorcycles. They go about with their heads and faces fully covered by cloth wraps. Fully covered save for the eyes and even the eyes are frequently hidden behind sunglasses. How is one to…

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