I remembered this photo today, as I read that 21 Indian cities will run out of water by 2020. This is a step well I visited in Jaipur. A step well is an ancient system of collecting water and storing it for future use. They had both religious and social significance as a place for women to gather and offer prayers and gratitude to the goddess of the step well. Functionality and spiritual belief were not separate. .
It seems in some ways India was more ingenious 500 years ago than it is today. India had long ago dealt with this issue of water shortages by builiding incredibly designed boaris or step wells. What happened to them?
Step wells began to be abandoned and disused when the British Colonialists began to shut them down for being un-hygienic. British colonialist beliefs of superiority in their culture lead to a belief among Indians about an inferiority in theirs. This is why colonialism is so effective. It seeps into the mentality of the slave nation, leading to such beliefs that white skin is better, western ideals are better, and that they must copy them and leave behind their own beliefs. .
How did this rich country with its heritage, science and advanced technology become so poor in terms of its infrastructure? It is still rich in terms of the traditions it continues to pass on. However, there are some real issues and concerns.
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas🎄🎄🎄! A fragrant reminder of home down under!
Memories of Traditions come flooding back at this time of year when the regales start to flower! My Christmas homes down under were always scented with these blooms! Time to create a ‘mid summer northern Christmas’ celebration tradition! .
Flowers often bring memories alive! Do you have any favourite flowers because they are tied to memories?
If my mother was alive to see me make this she would be so proud... This here folks is a classic example of 'soul food'! These are pork neck bones that have been seasoned simply with salt, pepper, garlic, onions, green peppers (and after I chop them up into bite size pieces, with a little hot sauce) The neck bones are then roasted till the meat browns, becomes tender and flavorful and falls off the bone.
When the hogs were slaughtered, typically in the fall, the choice cuts went to the slave owners and the African slaves were left with the rest: the pigs feet, ears, head, oxtails, neck and innards.
The Africans made do with what they had and over time came hog maws, chitterlings, hogs head cheese, pigs feet, stews of neck bones, oxtails and other dishes that were served alongside the Black-eyed peas, field peas, red beans, collard greens, etc.
And some of these were used to season beans, peas and greens.
Many of these dishes are still cooked in many African American homes and restaurants, but many younger folks don't embrace these foods anymore.
This is one of the singular buildings that were left after the city of Sonargon was abandoned
📷 It's easy to recognise architectonical elements from the western art like Barocco. The influence came by the British empire in India.
Evening Gown (Duvet Counter) \ RUE \ 2014. First and only time I’ve used darkroom photography, processed as part of ‘Domestic Uncanny’, a project from a few years ago exploring traditional domestic happiness as embattling negative associations within societal roles through escapism.
“I’m from Himachal Pradesh. I moved to Mumbai and worked as a Research Scientist on Breast Cancer. But after two years, I felt like I was meant to do something more -- something bigger. I had two career choices in front of me, a PhD in Germany or an internship in a media company without pay. Guess which one I chose? Of course, the internship!
I worked there for 3 years until I once again decided to break away from the monotony and travel. Thankfully, I found the best travel partner in Priyanka who had also quit her job and was looking for something more. She was always an explorer at heart.
We wanted to travel across India and vlog our journey. We wanted to explore unseen places, cultures, and fall in love with India. So we saved up money and booked our tickets. We went to Cherrapunji & Dawki, Warangal, Balali and Malana -- we covered 29 states in 100 days!
The most surprising one was when we went to Malana in Himachal Pradesh, which is famous for it’s weed. It’s the only thing that grows there! Not many people go there because the trek is very steep and exhausting, but we still wanted to see it. We saw the kind of struggles they go through because they’re in a very remote area and don’t have enough food to eat. It was inspiring really.
We’ve never felt any fear or threat. She's even travelled alone with a truck driver because we couldn’t find transportation that fit us and our luggage. Everyone we’ve met has been so helpful -- I remember when I left my iPhone on a train, I panicked! When we went to the police, the officer there made sure to send someone two stations over, and overnight got it back for me.
We were tired all the time because we travelled in the night and did our shoots during the day, but it was the people who kept us going -- they’re not as cruel as the news channels make them out to be. Honestly, they’ve always showered us with love.
We just want people to be proud of our country. It’s easy to criticise India when you haven’t seen the vastness of our land, or admired the artistic beauty. All we ask you to do is leave your laptops aside, pack your bags and take a trip. You’re in for one hell of a surprise!"
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