"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)

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Expecting The Unexpected

Having lived in India for over five years, suddenly confronting the unexpected no longer truly surprises me.
But finding myself in the midst of a wrestling match, while walking to our local shops this morning, was one experience I had never even considered.

“If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.”
Heraclitus (c. 535 -475 BC)

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Pictures taken in Fort Cochin.


Boat People

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Pictures of men in practise for the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, taken near Kottayam.


Class Of 35


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The rain had just stopped.
The ground was decidedly damp.

The boys were beautifully behaved.
They sat in quiet though confident expectation of becoming muddied.
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Fever Pitch

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Cricket has vanished.

For the duration of the World Cup, local boys play only football.

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In Kerala, Goa and Calcutta the game has always been popular.

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Though unlike cricket, it is usually just a spectator sport.

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Maybe, for most Indians, playing football entails too much running.

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But for now, football support has reached fever pitch.

Each evening, the roads are empty by 7:30.

Televisions are tuned into the sports channel;

Prayers made for an uninterrupted electric supply;

And Argentina declared the favourite.

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