Mindful travel, interactions and learning
Photography by Rhea Gupte
Kutch, Gujarat, India
— Founder, MatruVandana, explaining the work his organisation is currently doing
“Which all places did you visit?”
— Enthusiastic grandmas when we returned back to our room one night
“It takes me two months to complete this shawl by hand.”
— A weaver working on an intricate shawl
“Why don’t you try this one too? You don’t have to pay for it. You are our guests.”
— Local food stall owner handing us another type of bhajia (a type of indian savoury) to munch on.
“We don’t share the technique of how we make our raw material due to fear of duplication. Our art has been passed down from generations and we like to keep it exclusive.”
— Rogan artist demonstrating his craft
“This is the best egg bhurji (scrambled eggs) I have ever eaten.”
— Me to the chef of a local street food stall
“You don’t look old enough to be working. Are you in college?”
— Three grannies we shared a table with at lunch, who made us think of the three of us at their age. They made us resolve to plan trips together, just like them, till we turned seventy.
“My grandfather has been making copper bells by hand since he was eight years old. His ears are tuned to the sounds the bells make and he can craft them, to sound the way he wishes.”
— The Bell maker’s grandson to us, while demonstrating hand-made bells, which his grandfather had tuned to the major scale.
“We’ll come back soon.”
— My friends and I to each other