Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On the Election Campaign Trail #17: Smiles all around!


(To read about a bit about who and why of the Election Campaign please click here)



Came across these pretty Gypsy Girls with the vibrant clothes and the pretty smiles and ready poses who even had a couple of racy jokes to share with me!



I have many problems in my life,

but my lips don't know that....

...They always smile.

-Charlie Chaplin




Monday, April 28, 2014

On the Campaign Trail #16 - waiting for the next customer...


(To read about a bit about who and why of the Election Campaign please click here)



The most popular Parlour in all of rural India...

the SUN n SHADE HAIR CUTTING SALOON

only for men please!
 where you will get a complimentary head-massage as well.... 





Sunday, April 27, 2014

On the Campaign Trial: #15 ..... A lovely Composition!


(To read about a bit about who and why of the Election Campaign please click here)



My sister walked into this cool courtyard from the blazing heat outside and this whole composition looked like right out of a painting....
and then the girl walked in to answer the knocking on the door and it became complete! :-)
Thank you Safoora for taking such wonderful pictures and letting me use them!


pic: Safoora Hasan

Saturday, April 26, 2014

On the Campaign Trail: #14 ... The Ancient Road Runner!


(To read about a bit about who and why of the Election Campaign please click here)

This is one ancient vehicle that still plies on the roads between various villages and is called... brace yourself: "ganesh!!"
Because of its frontal shape, I guess...
and one boy who we spoke to said that it has the capacity to carry nearly 50 people!!
its another matter that most of them will be hanging on for dear life, but still, 50 people??
It can happen only in India!!

pic by safoora hasan


Thursday, April 24, 2014

On the Campaign Trail# 13.... The Daily Meal!



(To read about a bit about who and why of the Election Campaign please click here)





Its shocking when you see the poverty that is rampant in the villages....
where even 10 Rupees can make a day in the lives of the people....
and we waste thousands every day....


Where this little one is having his first meal?
or maybe the only meal of the day and is quite happy about it!



pic by Safoora Hasan

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On The Campaign Trail #12: Afternoon Siesta!


(To read about a bit about who and why of the Election Campaign please click here)




Blazing hot sun...
Cool inner courtyaard...
Why would anyone want to disturb my sleep?
and that too an "election-wali"?

So I let her sleep and moved on!  :-)

On the Campaign Trail #11: Thanda, Thanda, Cool, Cool!!


(To read about a bit about who and why of the Election Campaign please click here)


photo courtsey: Safoora Hasan

Its Blazing Hot...
and nothing can be more refreshing than this!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

On the Campaign Trail #10: Innocent Aspirations...


(To read about a bit about who and why of the Election Campaign please click here)


Are you studying?
Yes... just passed my 8th! I got good marks...  *big smile*
So what do you want to become?
A teacher.... I like teaching my little brother....  *a giggle*
But I am getting married at the end of this year.
:-/

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On the Campaign Trail: #9: Fresh and juicy and what fragrance!

(To read about a bit about who and why of the Election Campaign please click here)
Can you guess what an absolutely divine smelling plant is this?
and there are fields and fields of it!



Yes... its fresh saunf (fennel) for your pleasure!
and its fragrance is enough to fill the room...
juicy and fresh!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

On the campaign trial #7: Jan Sampark!

(To read about a bit about who and why of the campaign please click here)


Other than the serious business of convincing the skeptical masses that our candidate is "the" candidate to vote for... we always have some fun with the kids as well!
Eager faces,
Ready smiles, 
enthusiastic slogan shouting...
and some even trying to convince thier non-committal mothers right in front of us!








Abid tum Sangharsh karo....
Hum tumhare saath hain!




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

On the Campaign Trial #6: Hide and Seek!

Got busy the last few days with filing of nomination papers and getting permits and falling ill!
But here I am with some fresh glimpses into the simple rural life of real India on the campaign trial...

to see the reason behind these series of election posts... please click here




Shyness personified...
such a cute face and he didn't give me a chance to get another shot at him...
ran off within seconds of me catching him peeping from behind his father.

pic- Maryam Ahmad


All playing a game of hide and seek with the sweltering sun and the pesky election wallahs!

pic-Safoora Hasan

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