Photographer's Note

During the late 19th century and early 20th century, many colonists faced labor shortages and were unable to obtain slaves from Africa due to the abolition of slavery; thus, they imported many Indians as indentured servants to labor on plantations. To say it crudely, the colonists took people from Bihar as slaves to their colonies, even after slavery was abolished. And after the colonists were gone; those indians have settled there. That's why today we still find so many speakers of Bhojpuri language in areas as far as: Mauritius, Suriname, Fiji, Guyana, Uganda, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Canada, Great Britain and USA. Other varieties of Bhojpuri are also spoken, mixed with some creole, caribbean or english words, or even influenced by Dutch lexical. These forms can be found also, in addition to the places named above, in South Africa and Brazil.

The book this man is reading, is in Bhojpuri . It tells the story of Kashi ( the other name of the holy city of Varanasi). The writing is in devanagari letters, like hindi, but the words are different.

Reading and writing... the first major tools, that a child has to acquire, after he has learnt to walk and speak. An essential knowledge in the education that will condition a lot of facts, in his future life. A basic need to face the world consciously, to be able to understand its rules, to stand for the human rights and request the respect that the illiterate slaves did not get.

This picture is a tribute to all those who help others to master these tools, and help the young generations to form their own opinion. To those who show them how to use them to get more freedom and independance, during their evolution process towards adulthood.

And specially, this is dedicated to Pascale , who is one of them, and who is also the originator of a skilful serie of photos ( where is the theme?) on Reading.

Reader lost in the sunshine with a spotless translation... :)

... Search the error !

Actually, for the title, it has been a tough battle between : Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind, Lost in Translation, and The Reader... :)

Any other suggestion?...

F 2.8
1/1250 s.
100 ISO
focale 29 mm

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