gangireddu in vijayawada..

P1080943These are Itinerant musicians known as “gangireddu” round here…its a tough life, they elaborately adorn an ox and travel from place to place playing music for a few rupees or some rice. Incidentally i know these shots are a little over exposed but in real life they were even more vibrant. Beautiful.

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I see them this time in Vijayawada and give them 10 rupees for a photo…would love to take many more shots but as soon as am seen handing over cash other people want some too and i have to move on…

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see a previous post on gangiderddu here

the illusion of form…

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A really simple but effective lesson about creating form and roundness just by differentiating between straight and curved lines, the silhouette of any shape will do but for this i got the kids to trace their own hands, got some nice results:

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the benefits of a UPS…

 

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This past week saw the inauguration of the new computer lab and UPS at B-Hill school. It’s really difficult to maintain technical equipment here mainly due to the fact that the electricity supply is extremely erratic and massive surges can completely burn out any computer system rendering it useless. Power cuts mean that classes come to a halt frequently and really it’s no fun for anyone involved…

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Luckily, this newly installed UPS (above) absorbs these surges and protects all the technical equipment while the giant batteries mean that the computer lab can continue on even during power cuts.

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Yep that’s me cutting a ribbon…i know…but after “the dancing in the sari incident” really, i am prepared for any occasion.

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But this really is a huge deal for all the children and anyone working in the labs, no more disrupted lessons and some very decent new PCs have been donated and for those interested, i can now teach with Photoshop CS6 as opposed to the ancient Photoshop 7 we were using on the old PCs.

dosa takeaway…

If you are still bemoaning the fact that fish and chips no longer come wrapped in newspaper, come to India…

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Now i know this does not look too pretty but trust me, its utterly delicious and the best takeaway breakfast…

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It consists of the classic south Indian dosa pancake (made from a slightly sour batter) with a little chopped raw onion in the middle.  Also in the middle you will find a little plastic parcel with some fiery hot chilli sauce and some groundnut (peanut to us) chutney which is also good and spicy.

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It’s all wrapped up to take away first in a banana leaf and then in newspaper wrapped up with a little thread to hold it together and all for the princely sum of 20 rupees…like i said, it aint pretty but it’s HEAVEN!!!

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Another version…

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…again i know it looks a little prison foodish but really, its delicious; dosa with coconut chutney and dal from Vijayawada bus station…i thoroughly recommend…

if you dont leave the house…

If you don’t leave the house, things don’t happen…

I take a walk on Sunday evening…out of the orphanage and towards the nearest village, down the road i bump into Mounika, an ex student, now in college who lives near the orphanage. While chatting to her i photograph these to Bhavani Deekshas who are training an ox to pull a cart:

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I walk down to the river and this slithers past me and into the water…

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10 minutes later 3 guys passing by on bicycles stop and ask me something in Telegu. I know a little of the language but i cant understand what they are saying.

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…then this young man appears and he speaks a little English and between us i realise they are the Deekshas i photographed earlier, they want to see the picture i took of them on the cart. I promise to give them a copy before i leave…

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Turns out the guy who helps me is the brother of Jancy, whom i know as she attends the school where i teach…

Janci knows i come to this spot regularly to photograph the troop of monkeys who come to the water at twilight.

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Janci’s mum tells me to come into their garden, she puts down some rice and monkeys appear from everywhere…

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Its like i said, if you don’t leave the house, things don’t happen…