18 October 2008

Farmer's son, Barda hills

Farmer's son, Barda hills, Gujarat
One of two sons living with their elderly parents near Kileswar, Gujarat. They tend buffalo for milk, churning it into butter with a wooden paddle — a process I attempted, causing much laughter, although after a couple of false starts I did get the knack. The family lives alone near a lake in which Lord Krishna bathed millennia ago. Muggers (crocodiles) inhabit the lake; at night leopards hunt in the dry and thorny hills. A place on the edge of the present; not quite here yet not fully in the past. And what of the future?

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