A Village in Uttar Pradesh

Village centre. At the heart of most Indian villages is a large tree, the protection from the heat under these, often massive, trees is extraordinary. This is said to be due to trees' transpiration systems Two cows. For Hindus cattle are central to human life and are treated as equally important Go to another site. as people Uttar Pradesh (or U.P. Go to another site. as it is known in India, a nation in love with acronyms) is the most populous Indian state with some 200 million people in an area the size of the UK. By Indian standards it is relatively poor and relatively rural. This page has pictures of one village and a near neighbour. There are some 97,000 villages in the state, this one is picked out because it was being visited by a team from TLM Hospital which I was visiting. To a westerner it appeared profoundly remote, its inhabitants rarely saw outsiders, and even more rarely travelled further than they could walk from home. Long horned cattle. The typical Indian long horned cow, with its typical indian thinness: ribs and haunches show in this picture Village boys. Herded into a photography by their elders, the grins of these boys show their unease at seeing a foreigner and a camera for the first time; and their uncertainty about what will happen next Man carrying straw. This is a man bringing straw from the fields - unremarkable? But in many parts of India not a common sight, as traditionally only women do the carrying Village houses and children. Released from their elders command, the boys scatter to a distance they find comfortable Woman on her veranda. On her veranda a woman and a boy.
A bed is tipped up...
Bed made of rope and bamboo. ...that bed is made of bamboo and rope, exactly like simple beds in Vietnam thousands of miles away Boy with infant. The boy's bundle is an infant, shown by its tiny right foot Young man in doorway. We asked this young man what he was dreaming about: city life, marriage? A concrete floor for his house, he replied Path to fields with woman. Lanes radiate out into the dry countryside beyond the trees Bird on plants. This bird is standing in for the thousands, nay millions, of birds that enliven the air everywhere in town and country in India Woman and girl sifting grain. A woman and a girl are sifting grain set against a background of bamboo Neighbouring village. A composite 180 degree shot of a neighbouring village with no sheltering trees, and the heat, in the coolest month of the year, still seems palpable in a photograph Pond with flowers. At this time of year, January, there is still some water near the surface, however, much of the year... Neighbouring dry village with pond. ...requires water to be brought up from great depths - I have seen open water pits 30 metres deep Long horned cattle in dry village. Cattle tolerant Go to another page. of the dry conditions. Temperatures in this area of the Ganges valley in northern India average 36 degrees in the summer, with places such as these villages seeing mean maximums well above 40 degrees - and there is no electricity! Path by village houses. Path at the edge of the village Man and boy marching to fields. Marching to the fields People herding cattle. Moving cattle between fields The main road/mud track into the village. The main road into the village Woman with buffalo. A woman guardian of her buffalo The next page introduces the team of paramedics from the Leprosy Mission (TLM) Hospital in Naini who were visiting these villages, and who offered me the opportunity of accompanying them. Paramedic interviewing villager. line
Saturday 24th February 2018 Murphy on duty

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