"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

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

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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.

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Family businesses

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And children’s market stalls:

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Young men

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And old men:

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All ply their trades

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

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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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