Chivalry Lives!


Royd and Jesse. . .

For those who always read my blog, Royd  is the photographer I wrote about and also half of the twins!   David called Jesse, the observer.  He is very quiet but observant of all that is happening. So what does that have to do with chivalry?

Well, it all began during our walks around India.  I was always at the back of the group, talking, looking, waving, speaking, or shaking hands with Indian people. David lead the way and he sets a fast pace. I first noticed Royd walking either beside me or behind me for several nights after dinner. There are not adequate street lights, the streets and sidewalks are uneven,they  often have holes and are  just a maze of traps for tripping. Royd would often turn on the flashlight so that I could see  more clearly as we walked down the unpaved lane to our hostel.   He never mentioned that he was helping me , but finally I realized what was happening. . .  Royd was my friend.  He didn’t talk much but he show me  his caring nature. with his actions.  He saw a need and just did what he could to help.

Because I loved connecting with Indian people,at times that was a problem.  When I smiled or spoke on sites such as the Amber Fort in Jai Pur, the beggars or sellers of mementos, would be relentless. I was unwilling to ignore people, always saying “No thank you” when I wasn’t interested in their wares.  So I had to put up with the cries of “Auntie, Auntie” and goods stuck in my face as ab example of my need of this or that.

One particularly persistent area of vendors, is Fatehpur Sikri which is near the Taj Mahal.  One among many lovely aspects at the Taj is that nothing is sold on the grounds, not even water. So there is no eating and or drinking  or  any kinds of  persistent sellers.  The first group might remember how persistent the children were trying to sell their wares. They would circle the students who were sketching, presumably to watch but also to try and  sell.  This group of students would ask the kids to sign their sketch books and discovered a 12 year old boy who couldn’t sign his name. He had never gone to school.  That shocked us all and was the focus of many conversations!   . . . . . .   I digress. . . . . .

Back to  Fatehpur Sikri. . . .  None of us objected to  the sellers as we walked through the secular site , but when we got to the mosque, that was another thing. This is a sacred , working mosque house of prayer.   The sellers followed us. . . me in and kept asking me to buy something.  I was becoming frazzled when my “no thank yous” seemed only to  spur on the attention.  Jesse and Royd came along beside me and never left my side until we reached the bus. They ignored the children, never said a word but were tall and silent, which seemed to get the message across!

Thank you Royd and Jesse for your kindness, your chivalry,  and showing me by your example exactly what it means to come along side someone needs help !


This Is Incredible India! 



About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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16 Responses to Chivalry Lives!

  1. Faced a similar experience at Fatehpur Sikri. And though I am an Indian, I had to shell out a considerable sum before I was released. I guess that’s how it is at these places. But I hope it was worth your visit!

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  2. You visited a lot of places in India. You are lucky
    Kudos 🙂
    I believe that we Indians are very lovable. And the chaos does add to the charm, doesn’t it?
    I am originally from Allahabad, around 135 kms from Varanasi.
    The evening prayers on the ghat are pretty amazing.


    • annetbell says:

      We were in a boat during evening prayers and at sunrise! I remember a bridge collapse in Allahabad in 2013 during shiva festival I think was the event of 1 million people! We didn’t go there. No Mumbai except train and airport. Same thing for Delhi! Too expensive and hard getting around. I will always remember the multitude high rise apartment buildings as we neared Delhi!


  3. Yes I remember it too. It was sad 😦
    Lack of proper planning it was, sending all those people over the foot over bridge.
    Well if you come again, you should visit Delhi.
    The madness is worth a visit! 🙂


    • annetbell says:

      We did in 2013. Professor had his phone stolen in subway. Ah the traffic! Love chennai and especially Pondicherry ! Blessed by elephant! Fun discovering a grid plan French quarter hidden in center of Indian arms surrounding it!


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