"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)

Temple Traders


Finally we had arrived in Hampi,
The primary goal of our travels. 


Hampi is a city long deserted.
All that remains are the ancient stone temples and palaces: some remarkably intact; others in various degrees of dilapidation.
But the vast site provides excellent opportunities for those wishing to make money,
From both tourists and pilgrims.


Family businesses


And children’s market stalls:




Young men


And old men:


All ply their trades

In an exotic world where religious piety and financial profit seem reluctant to part.


7 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    Gorgeous colours and beautiful children. What are the red and yellow ‘piles’ that the children are selling?

    May 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

  2. Love the expression on that little girl’s face sitting behind the three piles of red kumkum! You have to wonder what she’s pondering.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    • She has that guileless look children adopt when trying to puzzle something out…

      May 21, 2011 at 6:44 am

  3. Toffeeapple

    Thank you for the explanation, I had not heard the word before which is odd since I read a fair amount of books on India.

    May 22, 2011 at 12:27 am

    • There are many terms for kumkum, even in Kerala. Perhaps you are more familiar with the word “bindi”?

      May 22, 2011 at 6:40 am

  4. Toffeeapple

    Yes, that is more familiar.

    May 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm

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