On my first time arriving in India I was totally shocked by the noise, the smell and the colours. These three elements were tightly intertwined in my mind. Nothing else had ever penetrated my senses deep enough to leave a mark. Even so, if I saw a few vehicles being decorated all over I did not pay much attention. My friend’s wedding was the highlight and focus of my first trip.
Later, when my friend and I went on our journey to Rajasthan next year, we spent lots and lots time on the road. This is when I noticed that there is a special art form in India – truck decoration. They are mainly painting and slogans, and very creative ones sometimes. (How about No Wife -No Life.) Some of them resemble graffiti. But I think it’s better to show these “masterpieces on wheels” than trying to describe the indescribable.
Here’s to the trucks of India and their drivers.
There is a huge business of decorating vehicles in India. Especially it’s well developed in Rajastan and Gujarat. Along the highways there are many small shops and stalls which sell all those decorations. They are very colourful and can satisfy any taste. Even mine. I bought myself two pom-poms on the ropes, which drivers usually hang on the side mirrors. It took me a long time to decide on a fierce colour combination. Finally I chose the most outrageous turquoise and eye-popping pink, both with hair clips with pearls and rhinestones in the middle. Now I have them on my front door. So it’s pretty obvious who is obsessed with India in Australia.