Here is a little photo tour of where I live. I think the view from outside my porch is the perfect example of the way India is so beautiful and so heart breaking all in one view.
I love the lush green hills that I can see while eating my meals but just below me is shanty homes and mounds of garbage. This is something I've already become accustomed to seeing and the garbage doesn't bother me at all. You just can't get only an eyeful of beauty here. You take the good with the bad.
With that being said here are a few photos of my flat and the street I live on. There are a few little shops and restaurants right near and the fresh fruit/veggie market is just a short ride away.
The little market on the right is where I get milk, sugar and other little things
I've fallen in love with taking bucket showers. I have a shower head (as you can see) but it gushes out all of the warm water in under a minute. One of my roomies advised me to try the bucket method and I am in love. I can just savor my 'shower' time and the water in the bucket stays warm for quite a while. So, I love squatty potties and bucket baths. I think I'm going to survive.