It’s about the journey, not the destination (India - Week 2)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words: moments captured in a single snippet that convey what the viewer cannot. Some photographs leave the viewer speechless, but others entice the viewer to ask questions. The Fisher team has captured both during its travels, and each is equally as stimulating. In this blog post, I'll present some of each because India cannot be conveyed solely through a series of photographs. The real story resides in-between the images and the experiences behind them.

The Shock and Awe of the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal needs neither an introduction nor an explanation. Whoever named it a “wonder of the world” was not kidding. Its sheer size is unfathomable; however, its true beauty resides in the intricacy of its architecture. Flawless white marble masterfully carved and studded by precious rare stones. Each design outlined perfectly with symbolic intent and optical illusions embedded around every corner. The marble changes tint based on the weather and the amount of sunlight. Meanwhile, inscriptions and designs change form with distance. The team grew more mesmerized with each step. Nothing could have prepared us for this monumental experience, which was as big as the Taj Mahal itself!

The experience was a well-deserved reward. The team endured a 3.5-hour car ride from Delhi, the nation’s capital, to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal, a distance of 225km (approximately 150 miles) and persevered through growing and unrelenting temperatures that exceeded 43°C (approximately 110°F). The taste, the feel, the smell, the sight, and the sound at the Taj Mahal were absolutely indescribable. No matter how beautiful, all photos do the Taj Mahal a great injustice. You need to experience it for yourself…trust us.

The Fans and Fanatics of the Royal Challengers Bangalore

Goodbye football, hello cricket! To call cricket India’s beloved pastime would be an understatement. Every schoolboy wants to be a professional cricketer, and every schoolgirl wants to marry one. Bangalore and its team, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), is no exception. The Indian Premiere League (IPL) season is nearing its end, and a heated battle is emerging as RCB fights to enter playoff contention. Prior to the game, RCB sat fifth place in the IPL standings. Only the top four teams make the playoffs. The entire Fisher team traveled alongside the RCB faithful to M. Chinnaswamy Stadium to watch RCB’s final home match. Little did we know, each and every one of us would become a full-fledge fan afterwards.

The match was originally scheduled for 20.0 overs. Few of us even knew what an “over” was, let alone how scoring or offense/defense worked. Due to inclement weather, the match was at risk of becoming the first rainout of the season. Luckily the rain cleared, and the match was reduced to 15.0 overs. Virat Kohli, captain of the RCB and vice-captain of India’s national team, then preceded to put on a spectacle. The rain cleared, yet a storm of “fours” and “sixes” ensued as the Royal Challengers scored with ease. Kolhi hit a century, i.e. scored more than 100 runs, in a masterful performance to beat the Kings XI Punjab. The final score was 211/3 (15.0) to 120/9 (14.0). We’ll all still take Ohio State football over any sporting event any day, but RCB cricket is a close second. We’ll be watching the playoffs stateside in two weeks.

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