Bathing at Chirakkal Chira
The pattern of life that we adopt is determined by our needs, by economics and by opportunities. The climate of India can be very debilitating and even those who live daily under the tropical sun, sometimes find it too much to bear. Bathing may be part of a faith ritual or it might simply be a way to cool off at the end of the day and so a need is met in a convenient pond on the way home from work. This action takes place all over India, though I was surprised to find it in the suburbs of a city. The slap, slap, slap of washing clothes at the side of a pond is a familiar sound in villages everywhere and I’ve even seen pilgrims taking a ritual wash on the platform of a railway station. To me washing is something done in private and once again I was uncertain whether it would be acceptable to take a photo, so this time, I asked. and they said yes.