REFLECTIONS OF INDIA - "HAPPY NEW YEAR!"
January 1, 2007 - to Madurai, Tamil Nadu
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We pedaled over 87 miles along National Highway 7 in the state of Tamil Nadu, India on New Year's Day 2007. And in every village and town we heard the cheerful greeting, "Happy New Year!" Perhaps this is one of a few words or phrases many Tamil Nadu residents know in English (to this day, I know only a few words in Tamil).
TO AND FROM SCHOOL. The happy greetings heartened us on our third day of riding south to north, right through the center of India. Throughout the six-week ride, we encountered many uniformed school children waiting for buses and walking together to school in the towns. These boys were pretty excited to be in front of the camera. Photo by Joe James