I like to get up early, especially when i am away from home. Generally if you go out at 6.30 am, no matter how busy the place, the streets are mostly empty and you see things quietly in your own time. Here is not like that. If i go outside the orphanage at 6.30 am, EVERYONE is already up, and its not just that people are up early to work in less heat, there is that of course, but the men who sit and hang out at all the crossroads of the villages ALL day, in the heat and in the cool, from dawn dill dusk are also present. They are just UP. So walks become different fragmented affairs, as you are stopped a lot. Any child you pass wants their photo taken, and also many adults, then they want to see the photo, and everyone laughs. Its very hard to take any natural pictures at this time as people pull themselves up, stand straight and smile for the camera. All the photos below come from direct requests to have a photo taken.


requested photos



the band…

Came across the local village band. They play weddings and functions. They insisted on playing a song. The noise was  spectacular, and for 7am very very loud. Need to carry video camera with me at all times.

And again, everyone calls you “mummy” i thought this was just a thing of the orphanage, but its outside too, and sometimes it comes from adults. It is SO strange and every time it happens it feels odd.

2 kinds of rush hour

3 responses to “mornings…

  1. would them gents need a saw player per chance? and another clarinetist? cannot wait to hear their tunes!

    • ..was kicking myself not to have video cam with me. The sound was amazing, a true cacophony, ear blisteringly loud and super distorted, thanks to the electronic keyboard that is attached to the rickshaw “sound system”. Subsequently i have seen a few similar groups parading down the roads in wedding processions.

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