Some thoughts and photo’s for a previous weeks Post A Week 2012 theme ‘Indulgence’. These were very nearly posted for last week’s theme ‘Contrast‘, which is another fitting title for what it is I’m saying.
The first photo’s were taken in Varkala, a popular beach for tourists along the coast of Kerala, India.
And the thoughts; Why is the world the way it is? Why is the quality of your life more dependent on your place of birth than on your IQ? Why do some people have more things than they need, and others don’t have basic education, food, or water?
They remind me a little of ‘The shame of Italy’ story that you may have read, about tourists sunbathing while the bodies of two drowned Roma girls lay nearby on the sand for 6 hours.
Do the tourists in these photo’s work as hard at home as the labourers working next to them? Do we have less physically demanding jobs because we are better educated? Why are e better educated? Are our jobs more important, and to who?
I don’t have the answers to these questions, but the author of an interesting book I am reading at the moment might. The book is ‘23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism‘ by Ha-Joon Chang, a Korean professor of economics at Cambridge. It’s a captivating and informative read to say the least, I highly recommend it. It disperses many widely held mis-truths about modern societies and economies, with clever and well thought out presentation of data that flies in the face of common ‘knowledge’. The author is not standing on a soap box and shouting ‘The end is nigh’, but merely questioning why we assume our beliefs are correct, illustrating his points with good journalistic impartiality.
I’d like to finish this post with some other photo’s from India, 1) because I haven’t really published any of the thousands I took, and 2) because I met a traveller the other day who was essentially afraid to go there because she had heard only scare stories about the bigger cities, and the most extreme of the East-West cultural differences. My advice, if you are able to visit India, is do! Travelling in India is not always easy, but is completely worth the effort.
It’s worth noting that of the almost 5 months that I was in India, I spent the majority of my time working in remote parts of South India (Karnataka and Kerala, and near the border of Tamil Nadu) as a project manager with UK charity Raleigh, a completely different experience to being a backpacker. It meant forming longer term relationships with the local villagers and charity partners, and getting to see how these people, completely removed from modern cities or towns, lived from day to day.
I think I could go on adding photo’s from India for a very long time, but a quick look at some of my favourite | other | photo | Pressers confirms that you can’t have too many good photo’s! These are certainly some of my favourites, and it’s a start. They are actually only the highlights of my highlights, I didn’t have time yet to go back through the mother lode. The varied finishes are not very aesthetic as a set, but I’m still experimenting and also deciding whether watermarks are really necessary.