Another Indian Portrait – Mother and Child
This is one of my favorite photos from our India trip. We visited a small “village” which was nothing more than a few families who had taken up residence on land which was owned by the government and the lodge we were staying at. We were told this is not uncommon and that there are many, many people living this way. What was interesting was that these people (and the many people who live in the various shanty towns around India) are not counted in any of the census numbers for the country and that no-one has any idea how many of them there really are – so the 1.2 Billion number for India’s population is probably shy by millions. These folks live with their parents on a parcel of land that they have cleared and now use for small crops and grazing for their few cows and sheep. Their home was made of local wood for the frame and then covered with mud and topped with a thatched roof – certainly not luxurious but it was very functional. I think you’ll agree that both this young mother and her child are gorgeous!