India – Patan (mid-late June, 2011)

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The things you see…

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This was the last stepwell we studied while in India.

While working at the well, I met this group of girls.  The tallest girl in the back to the left of me; her name was Puja.  She was so happy to show me her notebook from school where she was learning english.  I will never forget Puja.  I sometimes think about going back to Patan to ask about her and see where she is.  I wonder if she would remember me.

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Walking around Patan, I noticed this characteristic smell of fresh ground grain and the hum of the grain grinder.   So I wandered a little bit and found this (the picture above).  The source of the smell and the hum.

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Grain going into the grinder.

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Pretty sure thats hard white wheat.

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The grinder machine covered in fine flour dust.

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Flour going into the container.  Fresh ground flour smells so good.

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We went on a walking tour of this park-type area.  We met this guy there to talk to us about the area.  He had this shirt on.  I almost laughed out loud (actually, I might have) when I read and finally comprehended the hilarity of it.

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We met a guy that was a weaver.  I think this was going to be a carpet(?)… I’m not really sure what it was going to end up being but it was really neat watching him work.  It was a commissioned piece worth thousands of dollars.

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Such bright colors.

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The weaver at work.

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I took this picture as we were leaving Patan (I think it was the last time, we weren’t going to come back the next day).  That look on Puja’s face… I really wonder where she is, what she’s doing, and how her life is now.

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We got up early one morning to catch the sunrise at this Sun Temple.  But it ended up being a cloudy morning and so there wasn’t much of a picturesque sunrise to see.   Oh well.

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