Sunday, March 20, 2016

Our Hosts In Their Kitchen, Madhya Pradesh, 2016

On our way to photograph the schools in Madhya Pradesh, we were guided by Nirvana to visit a friend and his wife about two thirds of the way down. This way we could rest, and also begin the research regarding the communities in the area dealing in the sex trade. Nirvana desired to perhaps begin the process of education in these villages, and this was the first step.

So when we arrived in the night the town looked quite daunting. It was dark, the streets were so tight and empty. We were totally lost until this man stepped out into the street with a flashlight waving us to his home. The home looked like any other until we entered, then it looked like a fantasy. The colors were out of this world, and it was the original mud construction.

Our host had laid out three mats on the floor, and one on a small bed. His beautiful wife had gone out of her way to make dinner for the three of us, as well as tea of course. We washed up in the beautiful bathrooms, and headed back inside for a great meal with the best bread in my experience traveling India.

When it was time to sleep, our host refused to sleep on the bed, and chose to sleep next to Mukesh and Rahul on the floor. This man, in his mid-70s was fitter than any of us, certainly physically and more than certainly mentally. He laid down without hesitation and all of us went to sleep.

The next morning he woke up well before 5 a.m. and was moving around an hour or so before any of us woke up. He had made tea for us, as well as some snacks. Both of our hosts were ready well before us, and both greeted our tired faces with smiles that morning.

This image was made on our way back from the schools, as we stayed for another night. The next day we would visit two Kanjar villages and begin our research on behalf of Nirvanavan Foundation.

Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3 with available light.

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