How to be a Celebrity in Asia
Many of the temples in India are visited by locals from very rural areas. They are not used to seeing Westerners, especially two elderly white women, alone. We received many stares, smiles, and requests to take photos with them. First would be the children, then it would be the women, and then it could be the whole family. In one instance, a young man who told us he was a soldier left his buddies to spend time taking with us. He called Louise “Auntie” and me “Gramma.”
Before we could move on, others would make a similar request. Finally, at the Taj Mahal, we began to ask for a few pictures of our own. Seriously it took up 30% of the time on our visits— ah, the drawbacks of how to be a celebrity in Asia.