Tag Archives: Vijayawada

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

prasanna’s drawings…

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As I mentioned in my last post, Prasanna (above on the right) is a talented artist and she is keeping up her drawing even though she has left school. She showed me some of her work:

 P1250796 P1250797  P1250800This (right) is an portrait of Prasanna’s late father…

P1250801 re the drawing on the right, boys and girls here seem to love to draw these really halcyon type western kitsch illustrations of children harking back to earlier times from the 20th Century, even when they get older…

bishop azariah…

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I go to Bishop Azariah school in the nearby city of Vijayawada. They have day kids but also boarders. Some of the kids from the orphanage start off at this school and others go back for further education after school has ended as it also has attached colleges of further education.

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The best thing about coming to India year after year is the network of kids and young people you get to know. I was surprised to find quite a lot of my former students from Buddavaram here…

P1250827Prasanna, one of my most talented students from the past years (and a thoroughly lovely person), seen above on the right, is here so she shows me around. Prasanna has no parents and grew up in the orphanage along with her 3 other sisters all of whom i know. They are a lovely family and it’s very touching to see how much they care about each other…

P1250776girls wait to see the visiting doctor

me getting mobbed during break time!

P1250787 P1250789  this is the main hall where the girls sleep at night on mats, it’s cool, clean and airy

P1250809prasanna takes me to meet her old primary teacher

P1250811a classical dance lesson

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P1250831the games mistress

P1250835a tableau extolling the virtues of physical exercise

the advantages of hanging around doctors…

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The advantages of hanging around doctors here in India are many other than the obvious handy medical advice…. for example I go to Vijayawada with a visiting pediatrician to see her presentation at a high-school/ hostal and on the way we have to buy some medical supplies which takes me to this FANTASTIC place i would never have otherwise gone to, Vijaya Scientific Equipments:

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..houses seem to decay really fast here, don’t know if it’s the materials or the climate or that they are badly built…anyway this kind of Indian/Gothic beauty “Ram Mahal” was built in 1928, guess it was someone’s fancy town house at one point…now it’s a medical supply store…

P1250876P1250879A cabinet full of preserved specimens and they are for sale…am gutted i…want to buy them for my cabinet of curiosities…but no way to get these home in one piece…

P1250867P1250884that’s a baby shark in the middle by the way…

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…