This is one of the most disturbing images of life in the higher reaches of northern India. Because of the terrain, the absence of traffic and population scattered across several hills, porters such as this one carry huge amounts of goods – from boxes, cooking gas cylinders, girders, carpets – and everything else – up the steep slopes. Modern technology does not seem to have reached many parts of this continent of a nation where a very large percentage of people survive – and thrive – on hard manual labour day after day. The picture was taken in British India’s summer capital, Shimla, one of the most scenic places in the country.
This parched palm tree presented a rather sorry sight in the scorching 42C temperature but, even in that state, it was swaying as if happily in the hot afternoon breeze. Watching the picture on the screen later revealed the beautiful and striking colours – with the mix of yellow and green particularly outstanding!
I have observed these love birds – a pair of doves really – for the last few days – and have seen them perched ‘beak-in-beak’ on trees, on the fence, the satellite dish and the wall – as if madly in ‘first-time’ love!
However, this evening when I took to the camera in trying to take pictures, strangely, they seemed to be having an argument a spat of some kind. A bit unusual, I thought, given their proximity over the last few days.
And, then, it happened, suddenly. They seemed to hug, and then kiss, even though I missed by a whisker taking the ‘beak-in-beak’ shot!
I am sure they will be around these parts for a while and will try to capture some of their intimate moments!