When cityfied people go touristy, we gape with our mouths wide open or blubber like goldfish when we see people go about their lives calmly in conditions that we think are DIFFICULT to endure.
Fifteen of us were on a trip to Bhutan where we huffed and puffed our way up the hill to visit the Tiger’s Nest monastery. We were carrying nothing heavy with us (I had a backpack with my camera gear), yet most found the going arduous. And the locals just breezed through.
These two beautiful mothers were walking effortlessly up with their bambinos tied on their backs with the help of makeshift slings. Smiling, they acceded to my request to a photograph with the Paro Taktsang in the background.
Very few of the islands in Sundarbans are habitable. We were constantly looking over our shoulders while walking and all around while on the boat ride into the mangroves.
This old lady was weaving a basket and was thrilled when I asked her if I could take a picture. She rewarded me with a one toothed smile.
While we were warily looking out for tigers and crocs in the waters of Sundarbans, this lady was bravely fishing all alone. Then, what other option did she have? As they say in Hindi, ‘paapi pet ka sawaal hai’!
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