Indian Summer: Hidden Junagath

I confess that my stay in Junagath happened only because of its location on the road to Diu, the former Portuguese colony that my wife and I intended to visit. The weather was miserable and the streets were muddy and semi- flooded, contributing to the somewhat faded ambiance of a city that has seen better days. Flocks of children played with each other in the streets and parks. The sight of a foreigner was a rarity to them but their attitude was one of curiosity, not fear or mistrust. They insisted on being photographed and I gladly agreed…

We were, as far as I saw, the only foreigners in that city, at that time, but never felt regarded with suspicion or hostility. This kind of tolerance and hospitality is a mark of most locals and it stands way beyond mere courtesy. It felt truly spontaneous and is one of the most admirable facets of the Indian people, especially in those places outside the tourist maps.

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photoblog 2012

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4 responses

  1. An entertaining and educational series of photos. You catch the spontaniety of the people well. Beautiful work.

    November 1, 2012 at 01:12

    • António Marques

      Thanks, Richard.

      November 1, 2012 at 16:13

  2. As I watch these pictures, I think – How interesting to see how different people around the world decide to live their lives, organize their cities and possibly view life in general. Of course, many things are the same no matter where in the world you live but it is the physicality that makes one wonder what different peoples actually imagine their lives to be about.!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 00:08

    • António Marques

      People around the world are more alike than they want to admit and eventually desire the same things for their lives. Thanks, Marialla. Cheers!

      November 2, 2012 at 00:53

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