Hey Burners, @elijahsol with you starting today. My base is Brooklyn but I'm currently bouncing around India. I was up north for a friend's wedding, and now I'm down south for a little solo travel before returning to my desk job. It's my second time in India, but first exploring these parts. I'll be snaking up from Kerala through Goa and Maharashtra before ending in Mumbai. I've traveled in 40+ countries in my 34 years but somehow India always makes me feel like a total rookie. This trip's too short to dive into one plot line too deeply, but let's see what we see, as they say. Anyways, hop in the proverbial tuk-tuk with me and grab a masala chai. Above, a laborer clad in a patterned Keralan lungi smokes the last of his bidi while repairing the road to the hill station of #Munnar in the state of #Kerala, #India.
Devraj stands between pipes which bring water for drinking and irrigation up the hills to the #tea plantations of #Munnar, where he works in the fields. Up here the Indian mega conglomerate Tata company runs the show. They own the plantations, though have begun divesting to focus on retail and marketing of their various tea brands instead of supervising the fields. Devraj has a side hustle of his own. He told me he's also a freelance photographer in his spare time. He's a #Canon guy. Photo by @elijahsol for #burndiary.
teens in the state of Kerala gather to watch the sunset over the Arabian sea and graffiti for "Youth Congress", the youth wing of India's ruling National Congress party - the same party of Mahatma Gandhi - which stands to lose parliament control in this month's historic election for the first time in 60 years to the right-wing BJP party. A b-side photo from my week on @burndiary. #vote #india #kochi #kerala #election
"In the whole history of Mathematics, there has been no more revolutionary contribution than when the Hindus invented the sign 'zero' for the empty column of the counting frame." -Lancelot Hogben, "Mathematics for the Million" I've just arrived back in the states, stuck in one of those jet lag time warp continuums. Looking back through my last few frames from the road in #India. This one across the Goa border into Maharashtra, just over the Western Ghat mountains. Photo by @elijahsol for #burndiary.
Photo by @elijahsol for #burndiary. Kushti wrestlers wash away red clay accumulated from a long day of training at an Akhara outside of Kolhapur, India. #Kushti is a way of life for the wrestlers - a spiritual sport in the shadow of Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god worshipped for strength - who form a brotherhood around their practice, often living together for months or years, full immersion, no half-measures.