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School Run

Previously I mentioned that the city of Jaipur was vastly dominated by shades of pink. Jodhpur, by contrast, has a strong blue appearance. It is attributed to two theories. One says that the blue outer paint signifies that the occupiers of those premises belong to the priestly class. Perhaps true in the past century, I do not know. The second theory says that in the past century, there had been a persistent problem of termite infestation and owing to the cluster of houses, it quickly spread from household to household. It was decided to whitewash all houses in this shade of blue, which is due to the addition of copper sulphate (makes it a poisonous and hostile environment for termites).

 

Here in the early morning hours, a grandfather is walking his granddaughter to school and he stops to give her a sweet.

 

And some time after I took this shot, a pigeon took a (euphemistically speaking) dive bomb, which missed me, but got my camera. I had some scraps in my pocket which proved partially useful to get the stuff off. By the time I got back to our temporary abode, the remainder had dried partially. Luckily, none of it was on the lens.

School Run

Previously I mentioned that the city of Jaipur was vastly dominated by shades of pink. Jodhpur, by contrast, has a strong blue appearance. It is attributed to two theories. One says that the blue outer paint signifies that the occupiers of those premises belong to the priestly class. Perhaps true in the past century, I do not know. The second theory says that in the past century, there had been a persistent problem of termite infestation and owing to the cluster of houses, it quickly spread from household to household. It was decided to whitewash all houses in this shade of blue, which is due to the addition of copper sulphate (makes it a poisonous and hostile environment for termites).

 

Here in the early morning hours, a grandfather is walking his granddaughter to school and he stops to give her a sweet.

 

And some time after I took this shot, a pigeon took a (euphemistically speaking) dive bomb, which missed me, but got my camera. I had some scraps in my pocket which proved partially useful to get the stuff off. By the time I got back to our temporary abode, the remainder had dried partially. Luckily, none of it was on the lens.

comments (18)

  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 May 2018, 00:29
Whatever the reason for the blue colouring, it provides a delightful scene smile

I am glad you were able to rescue your camera. How annoying for you!
Ayush Basu: Yes, it was a maze of colourful alleys, CP.
Quite interesting with that intense colour.
Ayush Basu: It was quite unusual for me, Michael.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 15 May 2018, 01:26
so glad your camera is okay

i have to wonder what impact the chemicals to kill termites have on people who live there

certainly, a fine image
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Sherri.
You make a good point. I am tempted to say that the effect should not be directly on the humans as this whitewash is on the exterior walls and hopefully any fumes/noxious emissions have long dissipated.
A colorful image, an intriguing theory, and a photographer's war story. What more could you ask?
Ayush Basu: I did have an eventful day, Larry tongue
Whatever the reasons, it makes for great photography, Ayush. Glad your camera was ok!
Ayush Basu: Most of the stuff went on the thumbwheel, which of course sees a lot of tactile interaction while changing settings. I have made my peace that I probably was unable to clean it thoroughly, Frank grin
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 15 May 2018, 03:22
Did you feel especially blessed, Ayush?

I was waiting outside in a queue for a table at what I was informed was the best Mexican restaurant in San Diego, some years back...a sparrow dropped its effluent on my head...this was seen happening by someone in the queue behind me, and she excitedly told everyone within a block of the place...for the next 15 minutes, everyone approached to touch me, and assured me that I had accumulated enough good luck for them all. The restaurant, when we got a table, was at least as good as I had been promised.
Ayush Basu: I did not get any on my person, so I wonder the blessed feeling was not truly effective, Ray. And I think this is a cultural aspect - only last month, I found out a Czech lady had a similar incident, a big job on her head and she went and purchased a lottery ticket. She had an examination too (she was a student), she did well in the exam but did not win anything.
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 15 May 2018, 03:23
BTW...this is a wonderful image.
Ayush Basu: I was happy to have captured this moment, Ray.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 15 May 2018, 05:36
J'aime bien c'est couleurs. Il y a beaucoup de scooters.
Ayush Basu: Anything bigger would not do, Martine!
Superbe, que dire de plus !
Bonne journée Ayush
Ayush Basu: An eventful day for me, Pascale smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 May 2018, 06:43
This is nice Ayush, I like the blue.Where I live there is a constant threat of being dive bombed by gulls
Ayush Basu: I was told that English seaside gulls can be aggressive, especially towards tourists bearing packs of chips, Chris.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 15 May 2018, 07:39
I like all the motorbikes parked up Ayush. It is a good job that they are not all two car families.
Ayush Basu: In the old town (which is this place), large vehicles are not allowed. I think exceptions are made for police and medical vehicles, Chad.
This is a great picture full of interest. Like Chad I like the row of bikes which all seem to be the same model
Ayush Basu: Yes, I am no expert on the vehicles but they appeared to be light duty, frugal 125cc or lesser two wheelers, Bill.
I believe the second theory.Combining it with turquoise is good.
Ayush Basu: The second theory appeals to me too, Mary.
Between dream and reality, the contrast between the modernity of the scooters and the ancient heavenly tranquility of the alleys. I like very much.
Ayush Basu: I liked the way you expressed your thought. Thank you, Claudio.
Oh, my, Ayush. The stories we all could tell!
Ayush Basu: Yes, I do imagine there are some triggers to one's imagination, Ginnie.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 16 May 2018, 11:04
in Italy getting pooped on by a bird is considered a good omen smile i guess your camera will be fortunate from now on ... lovely picture!
Ayush Basu: Yes it is a bit of a cultural thing apparently, Elaine. I heard the same from a Czech person!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 May 2018, 17:09
Stupid pigeon ...

This is a very blue place. The two people looks almost as if they are colour coded smile
Ayush Basu: Well, what can I say, it could have been worse though tongue
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 20 May 2018, 15:00
Exceptional rendering.
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like it, Bonnie.

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