Agra Dhobi Ghats
In India the dhobi ghats are where the local laundry takes place. Ghats are steps usually steps leading down to water, but in this context it's usually a riverbank.
On the Banks of the Hooghly
Taken from Howrah Bridge in Kolkata (Calcutta) in the mid-Nineties this is a scan of a negative and shows the ghats near to Mallick Ghat Flower Market in the early evening.
The late Raghubir Singh published a book called Calcutta: the home and the street ISBN 0-500-24133-3 which contained an image of Kumartuli, the area of Kolkata that produces images of the gods and goddesses. This image was one of the catalysts for a visit I was to make in the mid-Nineties. This scanned negative was taken on that trip and shows a workshop where idols are prepared.
The colonial buildings in central Kolkata can still be seen despite the bill stickers' best efforts. Scanned negative.
A grandfather in Pushkar cradles his baby grand-daughter whilst his grandson peeks into the lens, temporarily distracted from his newspaper wrap of "chat". Scanned negative.
So much of India is dust coloured, but so much is all colour. Here a young girl heads out of the sun in a brightly-coloured Khajuraho house. Scanned negative.
Drying My Lunghi
The long strip of cloth worn by some Indian men is called a lunghi and here a man in Varanasi dries his, substituting a colourful piece of cloth temporarily. Scanned negative.
This stunning blue colour epitomises India for me. Traditionally used by Brahmin families to whitewash there houses with it provides a striking contrast to the dusty desert colours that are so familiar. Scanned negative.
The Jain temple complex at Palitana in Gujarat is often packed with worshipers. Here though a quiet corner can be found, the idol adding to the sense of peace. Scanned negative.
Jain pilgrims chat in the centre of the stunning temple comples at palitana, Gujarat. Scanned negative.
Long abandoned Fatehpur Sikri draws pilgrims and tourists in equal measures, the former to worship at the tomb of Salim Chisti, the latter to wonder at Akbar's red sandstone masterpieces. Scanned negative
Jali is the term given to carving stone into this screenwork. This particular piece was, if I remember correctly, part of a mosque in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Scanned negative.
This bazaar is close to the Jama Masjid in the city of Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Here a gold-threaded cloth shines in the sun. Scanned negative.
Not much of a well, this well-used hole in the ground serves its purpose for these women.
By The Side of the Taj
If you leave the tourists behind and wander to the east side you come to this road that runs directly beneath the walls of The Jawab, one of the buildings that make up the Taj complex, Scanned negative.
This shot dates from the mid-Nineties and was taken in the old part of Lucknow, close to the Bara Imambara. A highly polished rickshaw is a credit to its owner. Scanned negative.
"And Don't get It On You"
A young boys gets roped into domestic chores (or perhaps it's his job...) applying fresh limewash to a house after the monsoon has done its worst. Scanned negative.
Taken in Kolkata, this man is aporter at a flour mill, taking sacks to be loaded on a lorry or boat.
A porter takes 5 minutes at a flour mill in Kolkata. Scanned negative.
Ajay Guest House
A guesthouse catering to pilgrims and travellers visiting Varanasi. Scanned negative.
Asleep by the Ghats
An old man getting 40 winks by the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi. Scanned negative.
Deep in the heart of Gujarat these Kuutchi men are dressed in traditional baggy trousers. Scanned negative.
Rajasthani architechure is simply stunning with colours that sear the eyes. Scanned negative.
A favourite image of mine, capturing a man waiting for his wife to finish her chat with a friend, or her shopping perhaps. Taken in Bhuj, Gujarat before it's dreaful earthquake. Scanned negative.
An unusual view of the Taj Mahal showing the intricate pietra dura work.
Boat travel is popular in Varanasi, avoiding the narrow streets of Godaulia. Boatmen such as this gentleman ferry passengers between the ghats.