I was wondering if we would run into snake charmers during our visit. I had heard that these folks and people with performance monkeys were either banned or discouraged now-a-days in India. However, as we were leaving the Mehrangarh Fort, we ran into this group of individuals and their snake. Keith and I were so happy and spontaneously started shooting with glee.
As we were doing this, the guys behind us, who were selling trinkets and paintings and postcards, came up to us and started watching us. A couple of them asked me how much my camera costs…I was a tiny bit uncomfortable….why? Because I thought of two things: 1) it is so expensive, and they have so little…I was embarassed. and 2) I had a thought that knowing how expensive it was would make us prime targets for pick-pocketing and theft.
By the way, not once did we lose anything throughout the trip or did we feel unsafe. Anyway, we took our shots, paid them their “fees” and left very happy!