"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Lady With The Lamp

Yesterday marked the festival of Diwali, when Hindus celebrate the triumph of light over darkness.

Dalila my cook, is Christian, but each evening she follows the Indian practice of lighting an oil lamp.

Our lamp is a heavy piece of hand-crafted brass. It sits upon a purpose-built solid wooden stand.  Here in Kerala, coconut oil is burnt, using a number of short cotton wicks.

Hindus follow this tradition at dawn and dusk, as puja is performed.

Ours is not a Hindu household but celebrating light triumphant is something we all share.

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