Soledad

(Back to blogging after almost 2 years.  I am starting a series of random photo-stories, hopefully once a week. This is the first on the series.)

This picture is of the leather slippers and sandals (jootis) displayed outside a small shop in Tamil Nadu, India.  In India it is common to display charms to ward off ill-luck outside shops.

Here the gargantuan leather slipper made up to resemble a demons face both showcases the perfect craftsmanship of the seller and protects the shop owner as well as his business from the evil eye.

The demon-face slipper measures about 2 feet in length, doesn’t have a partner and sits on display day after day…. while the ordinary-sized ones fit into human feet and walk off on their journeys into the world.

This is the slippers story.

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“I was always an achiever, one step ahead of my peers, even when in school.

i charted a great career and now here i am…….

…..a towering figure above the rest, always spruced up and shiny, a super- duper achiever and a model citizen to boot !

But there is a thing that tugs at me always, a dream that wakes me up while i sleep at night….

Tell me now….do you also hear an echo from an unknown place that calls out to you unexpectedly….. do you have a longing to get off your pedestal and travel, to wander and to dance footloose and free….

Do you dream of someone/ something/ someplace?…

sort of like… like a need to find a  foot for your soul.”

 

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3 Responses to Soledad

  1. Raj Bhown says:

    Good you are back blogging. An excellent piece as usual.

    Like

  2. hector1012 says:

    Reblogged this on Capture and commented:
    Good Thoughts

    Like

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