And here is a picture I am really fond of. The women and the kid saw us passing by from a distance. I gave her a tentative but big smile. She came near to me leaving her work just like that and I mustered up enough courage to ask her if I could take a picture? She nodded her head and sat down (while standing she is quite tall and so slim). I clicked the photograph and showed it to her. She made her eyes very wide and smiled at me again. I moved on, just a few words exchanged but it was wonderful taking her and the kid’s picture.
You might have noticed, I rarely post pictures of the people I meet on our travels. That is because I rarely can muster up enough courage to ask them for their pictures. It is easy to click things that do not talk back, like the stuff in the picture above, so colorful, easy to shoot, and no chance of offending anyone by mistake too.
For a pleasent change, the stall owners demanded that I take their picture too and not just the food stuff they had and I gladly obliged. Their grins incresed when they saw the image on the display of my camera. Sesha (my husband) was as usual standing far away from me, and watching the scene.
We met this kid standing quite alone with her school bag and all, quite tearful. When Sesha inquired what was the problem, she said “Nani chali gaye hai udhar, mugjhe daar lag raha hai” (Granny has gone that side and I am afraid). To amuse her we took her photograph and showed it back to her. It distracted her just a little bit. And soon enough, other people came and told her to come with them, as her Nani was visiting someone and she would be late.
The good thing in this trek was that even the remotest of the villages that were not connected by road or had a doctor, still had school. I am not sure about the quality of education, but places like Jhinji that are really small maybe not more than 40-50 household too had school. The sad part is people often ask for common medicine like crocin and combiflam (sir dard aur bukhar ke liye) as it is not easily available in the villages.