Photographer's Note

Continuing with my series of pictures from India in 1977, here is one from the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan state.

Jodhpur is dominated by an enormous fortress high up on a hill above the city. Halfway along the road up that hill I met this man who had dedicated his old age to providing thirsty visitors to the fortress with water. He was a retired civil servant and spoke excellent English. As a Brahmin - which is indicated by the cotton threads across his chest - he was in a position to provide water to all, regardless of caste. His water was guaranteed to be pure.

I didn't quite believe that his water would suite my stomach more than any other water straight from the tap, but I found in my diary from that journey that I accepted a glass, or maybe two, because I was so desperately thirsty on that very hot day, having already spent hours among the palaces and museums located inside the ancient walls of the fortress.

This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.

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