7 June 2006

One Little Girl

In the Temple photograph you will have probably noticed lots of clutter, construction material (like everywhere else in Tiruvannamalai), and little wooden planks acting as bridges criss-crossing drains and sewers. So too in this snap there was also a very proud relative clutching a little girl eager to get her into the action.

The curious thing in India is that nobody ever seems to expect a copy of the photographs. In this case I took several photos on a digital camera and immediately showed the pictures to the relative and child, and (by this time) also to a rather large crowd of onlookers. Happily everyone was completely satisfied. There was no suggestion of exchange of addresses or anything of the kind. I would say this is a perfect example of one of the greatest character strengths of Indian people; i.e. living in the moment.

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