instant garlands from water lilies…

My ex student Mounika now studying for college asks me to come out with her and help her take better photographs one Sunday, i miss her in my classes (she’s a brilliant artist) so i am happy to have her come along, also if i go into the villages with any of my kids from school, it’s always a different experience…

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We go to Ajjampudi, about half a km walk from the orphanage. Mounika is Hindu and wants us to go into the temple…the priest insists on making a small ceremony (a puja)  for us, none of which i can film…darn it…but i emerge with a spot of vermilion pigment on my forehead and half a coconut in my hand as a memento. A (not tame) monkey observes us from the outside…

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As ever a group of kids start to follow, some of them are village kids from my class…

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They are mad keen to be photographed and even though i beg them not to they jump into water to swim and show off, climb walls, dive for water lilies…

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This little group of kids are all brothers and sisters…and they live in a ramshackle hut with no windows and no doors…with elderly grandparents…

P1240488P1240503The village kids who live in modest circumstances themselves consider this to be a very bad situation. This hut is in an awful position as the rice fields are full of snakes and mosquitoes…this little corner of India is a very tough place, full of extremes.

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the boys show me how to make instant necklace garlands from the water lilies…

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