The kindness of strangers…
My new Madeiran BFF 😊
Since I’ve got a few hours until my flight, I was looking around the airport and saw these Tibetan Buddhists. This one in particular made me smile as he combined traditional dress with Nike trainers and an iPad! I asked him if I could take his photo. So he put his iPad down to pose. I cheekily asked if he could hold his iPad! After taking the photo, we proceeded to speak for 15 minutes. He became particularly animated when he learnt I was from London! Although we spoke, we didn’t really understand each other. However there was a lot of goodwill and we hugged a few times. I did understand that he was on his way to puja with the Dalai Lama and that he was Tibetan/South Indian. He also flicked through the calendar on his iPad, showing me the Dalai Lama’s puja schedule! As we shook hands whilst parting, he bowed and put his forehead on the back of my hand and, not knowing what this meant, I felt obliged to do the same! Fortunately our heads didn’t clash 😄
I asked if I could take his photo. His son, next to him, said no but the man nodded 😊
Just about captures India: autorickshaws and chai wallah
Colourful women gardening at Jaswant Thada
These two asked me to take a photo of them!
I asked this woman if I could take her photo. She nodded. I took it, walked away then noticed the photo wasn’t focused. Doh! So I went back and cheekily asked if I could take another one. She nodded. She smiled the first time; the second time, there’s an air of resignation! “If you must!”
One of the few times I’ve taken a photo of someone without permission. But I looked at him and gave a thumbs up with a questioning look. He nodded 😊
I asked the grocer if I could take a photo. He played it cool.
Some lovely people
I asked this man if I could take a photo. I didn’t know he was going to pose!
This cheerful man was diving to the bottom of the canal to collect mud. The mud is used as fertiliser.