"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)


Beyond The Temple Walls, Part 1: Who Will buy?


Just beyond the walls of any major temple an unofficial itinerant market invariably appears;
the Hindu equivalent of a Cathedral gift shop and tea-room.



Picture of a flute seller taken outside the Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai

Who Will Buy?

A hard sell

For a gentle man.



Pictures taken in Kannumpuram, Fort Cochin.

The Doctor Will See You Now..


On certain streets in Delhi “doctors” ply their trade.
What they lack in qualifications is hopefully balanced by experience.
Many of the poor cannot afford to see a registered physician, so there is considerable demand for this cheaper alternative.

Alongside the doctors, unqualified dentists offer extractions and dentures.

It’s a thriving business and certainly an alternative to socialized medicine:
the logical outcome of an unregulated healthcare market.


Picture taken from our cycle-rickshaw, on the streets of New Delhi. 

A Lottery Life

Lottery ticket seller in Trivandrum, Kerala.

Paradise – On Easy Terms


Want to buy a new home?
Looking for investment opportunities?

Need to make sense of life’s conundrums?
Or choose the perfect gift for characters in search of an author

Here, whatever you’re after, there’ll be someone who’s selling it.


Picture taken in Kumarakom, Kerala.