I have been abroad for a while now.. Trying to push my limits a little further, I became quite confident in assuming that everything will be okay. The world has not let me down yet. But sometimes, I make my life harder than it needs to be.
The vast spaces and desert plains of Namibia are sparsely populated. The immensity of the country is amplified by the overwhelming stretches of limitless and uninhabited horizons. Areas of human…
Once again, I went to Belgachia in Howrah. A place next to the deadly smoke of burning trash, but also a place of life and joy. Staying there for a few days, I found the normal life under abnormal conditions and tried to capture the contrast between the two worlds.
Starting my next India journey in Puri, I wanted to capture nice photographs. It turned out to be harder than I thought. This is how it sometimes happens in photography.…
Yet, when I work for just two hours, I earned the monthly salary of my friend, who daily guides tourists on camel safaris through the desert. 3000-4000 rupees a month.
Oh yes, the backpackers. Completely individually they are traveling the country with the Lonely Planet in their hand. They meet outer backpackers in the Blue Lassi Shop in Varanasi, after they have “done” the South. They tell you how amazing everything is, whom they have met and discuss peace and freedom. Yes, I am also guilty.
I am waiting at a bus stand in a city in Haryana. With a lot of luggage. Two backpacks: A big one on my back and a small on in front of me on the floor. If I had not carried presents for my hosts it would have been just one and a lot anger less. But I got acquainted with the culture, as the good anthropologist or human that I am.
But whoever just eats food from home, did not understand India: Food is everything. Really everything. I could not imagine something worse than being invited at someones home and to reject food. To serve a meal for your guest means a lot to the Indian people
Everywhere, people talk about “thinking out of the box” as a demanded soft-skill. Where if not in anthropology, do you learn it better? I have learned unbelievably much about the rules of our own society.
I am running away like a little boy, who is fleeing from his parents. Just out of the settlement and then see what comes next. Just that I do not run away from my parents, but from social life.