Hopping in Hampi

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As I limped along attempting to make my way up the mountain just in time to catch the sun set over Hampi, her little hand clutched on to mine.

She looked up at me and smiled. Without a word she pulled me along, and I followed to the beat of her jingling anklets. Through every nook and peak, she waited patiently as I slowly twisted and swivelled my injured limbs around.

One hand on her pot of chai, one hand in mine. One eye ahead, one eye behind.

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This one is for you.

The sweet little nine year old who stopped on her way up the mountains in Hampi — where she sells garam masala chai everyday to support her family — to help me, a complete stranger, find the strength to go on.

To Rashmi, who stole my heart while Hopping in Hampi.

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Found a little buddy on the way up.

Found a little buddy on the way up. 

Come one come all.

Come one come all.

Starting her sales pitch.

Only 5 rupees a cup bhaiya

One cup of sweet garam masala chai please.

One cup of sweet garam masala chai please.

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Here come the balloons

Didi, mere photo please.

Didi, mere photo please.

Rashmi, a customer over here!

One more customer over here!

Ah, this is what dreams are made of.

Last call for chai.

Day is done, gone the sun.

Day is done, gone the sun.

goodbye Hampi

…from the hills

Left my heart in Hampi.

…from the lake

Safely rest

from the sky….

all is well.

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~ by sonal batavia on April|2|14.

2 Responses to “Hopping in Hampi”

  1. Very beautiful and provoking pictures – thank you very much!!!

  2. […] Hopping in Hampi. […]

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