Monthly Archives: January 2013

more indian beauty: indian beauty parlour…

Am taken to the beauty parlour of choice by an Indian friend, in block of flats in Vijayawada.

P1070278It’s much like any small business you might find in someone’s apartment, we have to take our shoes off at the door, walk through a living room and into the parlour…

P1070275the beautician and her assistant – it’s a Hindu household , the yellow markings on the door and the Muggu (welcome drawing) on the floor are the clues…

P1070238the view of Vijayawada from the window

some treatments on offer:

P1070251Threading – the depilation method of choice round here…30 rupees (35p) for eyebrows. Not too painful, very effective and an absolute bargain!

P1070269Split ends costs 100 rupees (£1.14) – hair is sectioned, twisted and the split ends that stick out are snipped off with scissors…it takes a LONG TIME.

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I in turn get the best pedicure and foot and hand massage for 500 rupees (£5.70) i ever had, it takes over 2 hours and is worth every penny. Everyone in the parlour marvels at the fairness of my skin…i on the other hand am embarrassed to reveal my pink mosquito bite splattered legs…they want my skin and i want theirs…brown, smooth and with no blemishes…oh well…

P1070241Waiting…

P1070267the beautician tells me they also do weddings and with that shows me her own beautiful wedding photo from 1981 – but it could be from any time really…

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radhika paints her sari…

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Radhika is a maths and science teacher, she hand painted and stitched the jewels on this beautiful sari herself…

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…meanwhile Ganga, one of my students also hand painted his t-shirt:

P1140837Apparently the letters stand for (i think) Ninth Boys Student Force…love the drawing of the lion!

a spot of dusting…

Posted similar photos in previous years, but will continue to do so, for obvious reasons… children of all ages must help to keep their homes clean and tidy here in the orphanage, the kids don’t mind or complain, they see it as normal (…well until they become teenagers and then the behave like most teenagers…), it’s a given that they should help and they see it as their duty. This is an early morning dusting ritual that goes on the home where i live for 2 months of the year…I always think they look like characters from Peter Pan silhouetted in the early morning light…

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indian beauty: mehendi artist…

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A young man was applying mehendi (henna) onto hands and feet outside a supermarket in Vijayawada. To do these intricate hand drawings he was charging 250-300 rupees (around £3). I watched him do 3 sets of hands (about 6 minutes per hand), he never stopped or hesitated once and he never made a mistake, the work is incredibly intricate.

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On the down side, for the client, you have to not touch anything for around hour till the henna dries and can be washed off, you are then left with a stain of the design that lasts for a few weeks. Unfortunately this process is impossible for a fidget like me i think…anyway you can see the whole process (speeded up) below…

depth perception and jumping off walls…

Had a lot of fun with my photography classes with this one. The idea is to get the kids to manoeuvre each other into the right positions to create the illusion that one big kid is holding a miniature version of his friend in his hand, so it’s all done live…no post production ie no photoshop tricks…

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…or to get it to look like someone is standing on his head. As well as learning about perspective and depth perception, the kids must also collaborate and work as a group in order to position themselves correctly, it’s a good exercise and a lot of fun…

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…eventually the boys start leaping off a nearby cement wall…as ever i scream at them to BE CAREFUL!!! and as ever they scream back not to worry…IT’S SIMPLE!!!

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