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If only I could be like you...not know pain for just an hour or fear to see my reflection in even a puddle....

...not have children and women startle at seeing me...not have to sit apart...for no fault of mine....not to be dependent on pity for alms...
not to fear the dark.....to be warm and safe ... able to melt into a crowd...

if only i could be like you...just for a day.. if only!

Today is Shivratri...the birthday of Shiva...beggars and those crippled by leprosy flock to the Shiv Mandir in Simla to receive alms and be fed at the temple.

However the lepers have to sit away from the rest...outcast ...

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Additional Photos by Vijay Parmar (ttmountainman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 24 N: 662] (2279)
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