INDIA: THE LIVE SHOW

Both this man and his moustache are professionals. It's what they do for a living.

Both this man and his moustache are professionals. It’s what they do for a living, we’re told.



It may be a bit hokey at times, but this Maharajas Express train trip is pure theatre, and we love it.

At every whistle stop, before we board the bus to take us around each town, we’re greeted by troupes of local musicians and dancers.

The performance quality is variable. In Indian street music, playing accurately and sensitively often loses out to the need to play loudly – blowing, hitting or scraping with infectious enthusiasm. The dancers may not be as tight as a Bollywood chorus, though they make up for any lack of precision with energy, colour and smiles. And just occasionally there’s a gem.

All of this suits the photographers among us very well.

While I usually feel diffident about shoving the camera into the faces of photogenic strangers in the street, anyone who dresses up in a funny costume and makes a song and dance is saying, ‘Look at me!’ I’m happy to do just that.

The Mumbai Police Band. We hope they're better at catching bad guys.

The Mumbai Police Band. We hope they’re better at catching bad guys.

Camping it up.

Camping it up in Maharashtra.

Whirling in Jodhpur.

Whirling in Jodhpur.

Blowing up a storm in Bikaner.

Blowing up a storm in Bikaner.

Bikaner girls

Bikaner girls – even they make selfies on the mobile.

Dancing in the desert.

Dancing in the desert, bending over backwards to please the visitors.

The horsemen of Udaipur.

The horsemen of Udaipur.

A gentleman of Jaipur.

A jovial gentleman of Jaipur.

Trips on the Maharajas Express can be organised through Railbookers.com.au

The writer was the guest of Railbookers.

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7 responses to “INDIA: THE LIVE SHOW

  1. What an amazing trip, just a tad different to my experience in 1986 when I rode a camel for 4 days then a bike for 4 days then rowed along the Ganges. I would now prefer your mode of travel.

  2. Is Marrickville going to be a let down on your return?

  3. Great post with fantastic photos!

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