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Still in India in October 1987.

Among the places I visited on my journey along the Indian east coast was Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, about one hour by local bus south of Madras (now Chennai).

Mahabalipuram is mainly known for its exquisite small temples and statues from the early Middle ages, but is also popular among Indian tourists for its beach. The town is listed by the Unesco as a world heritage, and I would rank it as among the top sights of all of India. In 1987 most visitors seemed to be locals, but maybe the Western groups have now found their way there.

I give you three photos this time, because I couldn't really make up my mind which one to choose. They all show very ordinary non-events in local life, like this man having a drink, probably sweet tea with a lot of milk, outside a grocer's shop. His youngest daughter is calling for his attention, while the man he was probably talking to seems to have discovered the photographer.

Here is a larger version.

In a workshop you can see a man preparing the daily bread, and the other shows a glimpse from a very basic fish market.

All photos were as usual scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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