Daily tasks and mundane things transcend all cultures across time and space, but each practice and routine is informed by different cultural values and backgrounds that shift and change. Traveling across the Arabian Sea to India provides a contrasting perspective of a world that is so foreign and yet so familiar to the UAE.
A lady carefully places her metal bucket that she uses to carry water back to her home in Neemrana, India.
A fisherman organizes his catch of the day in buckets, baskets and boxes, preparing to lure the next customer’s attention in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
A boy washes his hair and body with the holy water in the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh house of worship in New Delhi, India.
A local man takes a photo with his smartphone of a fish butcher at a local fish market early in the morning in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
A cow grazes and scavenges for the last bunch of green leaves in a heap of rubbish dumped on the side of the road. Some heaps of rubbish are set on fire. It is not unusual to see piles of dirt, plastic and used items left untouched and exposed in Agra, India.
A blue plastic bag floating through the air outside Sama Tower in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
A group of Indian ladies gather, sitting comfortably on the ground on a Sunday morning at 6 a.m. outside of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
A group of locals sitting on plastic chairs in a circle at 11 p.m. on a Wednesday night in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Abandoned homes with walls and roofs missing on the streets of Agra, India.
A half-decayed building stands in front of a new skyscraper under construction near Marina Port, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Camel carts are still used to transport goods and people in a small town of 4,000 people in Neemrana, India. With the uneven roads, it can be quite a bumpy ride. Though the pace is slow enough that a person can easily stride next to them, they can carry a lot of weight across long distances.
Autopilot pods carry passengers across one of the most sustainable cities in the world. Passengers can sit back and relax while this piece of technology zooms through passageways in Masdar City, UAE.
The locals call them the “naturally air-conditioned” barbershops. They are situated along the sides of busy roads or even under highway bridges. One can enjoy a full facial and a straight razor shave for 10 Rupees, or about 60 fils (0.16 USD), in Old Delhi, India.
A classy barbershop for well-off locals is brightly lit with pristine glass panes separating individual cubicles, guaranteeing privacy and personal treatment in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
A row of men cleaning their feet, hands and face before attending prayer at the Jama‘ Mosque, or the Friday Mosque, in Old Delhi, India.
A lady waiting outside the Mariam Bint Sultan mosque after the Friday prayer in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Tourists conquer the sand dunes and pose for photographs in Al Ain during a day trip to the desert in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Self-employed photographers wait on the slopes of a historical attraction. They attempt to charm elephant-riding tourists to smile at the camera and then sell them souvenir photographs at the Amber Fort in Jaipur, India
Two ladies strolling down the streets at sunset in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
A girl stands between the doorway of closed shops looking out to the busy street during the Diwali holiday in Jaipur, India.
An Emirati lady purchasing items in a pharmacy packed with gleaming products in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Four ladies deciding what groceries to purchase at an open-air market for the Diwali holiday show a diverse choice of fabric for daily wear in Jaipur, India.
Actors from the “M.D (or the whale)” production by the theater company Witness Relocation, presented by the NYU Abu Dhabi Theater program in collaboration with Theater Mitu, at the Manarat Cultural Center on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Schoolboys wandering around a local silver market in Old Delhi, India.
Dorothy Lam is multimedia editor. Email her at email@example.com.