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The Colour Purple – Amongst Others…

Today I came across a small Hindu temple, whose caretakers were an elderly Muslim couple.
Such gentle and unostentatious tolerance of different faith traditions,
in a country whose communal violence often descends into almost unimaginable carnage,
could probably only happen in Kerala.


Picture taken in a small Hindu temple in Cochin.

8 responses

  1. S. Etole

    Such intensity.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:16 am

    • The Hindu temples are always so rich in colour..

      September 20, 2012 at 8:09 am

  2. Toffeeapple

    Your first sentence halted me. I shall now cogitate upon that unlikelihood happening here. And, my favourite book is that one.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:21 am

    • There is a very long tradition of mutual respect and even the sharing of religious festivals, here in Kerala.

      For centuries there were very sizeable communities of Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jains, Jews and Buddhists all living in harmony. (The latter two groups are now very small minorities)

      Problems tend to occur here only when politicians attempt to engender conflict, for their own dark purposes..

      September 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

  3. It gladdens my heart to read this. It seems that its the “small” people that have heart and tolerance of others. In fact using the word “tolerance” is wrong in this context – because its not really tolerance – its just the way life is – respect for others as part of our way of life, no matter what our beliefs may be. It puts a smile on my face to know that in one small corner of the world all is well……… all is always well! (As TGU via Frank Demarco would say) 🙂

    September 20, 2012 at 4:55 am

    • I think you’re right: it’s the lack of respect and denial of our mutual interdependence which gives rise to so many problems..

      September 20, 2012 at 8:28 am

  4. loz

    v nice post

    September 20, 2012 at 6:47 am

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