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He was sitting his back leant on a pillar, under the archs of the most important temple in Trichy.

The day was hot and the sun shining, I sat near him looking for some shade. He was a nice looking old guy, better dressed than any saddhu I had seen before, though he didn't beg for anything to anyone. He had his forehead striped with horizontal lines, Shiva's symbols but the most intriguing was his light blue eyes, so alert and young man looking.

I saluted him and asked if he wouldn't mind posing for a portrait. He nodded ok, and while I spent my time trying to find the better angles... a busload of north european tourist came rushing in and started filming the scene with their digicams, I didn't hear them say "hello" or ask anything.. they were only busy filming carefully, with their arms extended, trying not to approach the "wild beast" too close.

I didn't know whether I should feel like a zoo animal myself or like the zoo attendant in their scenario... though, a thing for sure is that I was ashamed of their behavior. So ashamed that I had finished shooting but I still I waited for them to end their silly video, I could not resign to leaving my blue eyed friend alone with them.

Of course, they left without any whatsoever bye or thanks, even mumbled.

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I'm trying to update my photo galleries : you can see other of his BW portrayed colleagues on a 10 year span, clicking on my pbase gallery too.

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