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Jodhpur, the blue city in Rajasthan

Many a traveler on the tourist trail leading from the Taj Mahal into the desert state of Rajasthan goes to the ‘pink’ city of Jaipur and then very often is headed for Pushkar, Udaipur or Jaisalmer further west.

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What about the blue city of Jodhpur? What’s wrong with it?  I often wondered. Is it not recommended enough by guidebooks like the ‘lonely plant’? are people really rushing their way through this most beautiful part of india? it is probably a combination and it’s a pity anyway, i would say. More than once people told me they arrived in the morning and then take the train in the evening again. Those are the moments I praise myself for having all the time in the world (let’s not talk about the money)

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Contrary to Jaipur everything is in walking distance here and condensed around and under the Mehrangarh fort. It was easy to spend two weeks in this gorgeous atmosphere spinning between the blue houses, wandering around the tiny streets, photographing ‘the guard’ at the fort (among many other characters I stumbled upon in the alleys) and going to Ramesh (‘a real Bombay barber’) for my regular shave and face massage. (watch the video at the end)

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Jodhpur_blue_city ‘Jamil’

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Jodhpur_Rajasthan‘the golden girl’

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 ‘the bush at the fort’ & ‘the guard at the fort’

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There is a crack in everything

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The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I seem to hear them say
Do not dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack
A crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
We asked for signs
and the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every single government
signs for all to see
I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
Ah but they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack
A crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march
on your little broken drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in

LEONARD COHEN

Leprosy Colony

Prem Nivas is a leprosy colony that stretches along the railway tracks in northern Kolkata (Calcutta) The centre provides medical care for patients, but also offers new perspectives for their renewed lives. The colorful centre is almost entirely run by ex-patients who work in the different sections.

 

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This man has been taking care of the garden all by himself and here poses with a proud that by years of sigmatising keeps the middle between hesitation and fimness

 

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Most people work in the extended building where the weaving-looms are. Clothes and other textile for the order of mother Theresa around the world are made here. The arm on the right is replacing the spools as soon as they run out of thread

 

A boy and a girl work at the handloom after having been treated in time, so their mutilations are not very much visible

 

people whose leg is amputated get in Prem Nivas an artificial leg. Footwear is also being adapted to the changing needs of the leper. As nervs get insensitive limbs get damaged and deformed if these do not get the right protection

 

A man cleans the dishes after lunch. from the sick-bay a few men look on. Untill today prejudices on leprosy remain while the knowledge about the disease is optimal. Nevertheless the leper cannot transmit the disease three days after the intake of medicine. But society keeps on stigmatising. Once a leper it is difficult to get rid of the label. And for many of them the mutilations do not lie

 

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Before he goes to school a boy looks for his mother who is busy weaving. The uninterrupted noise of the handlooms is to be heard in the vicinity

 

Prem Nivas offers the children of the lepers education in preparation of school outside the colony

 

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