Inspector Hajare's pink office and Barfi welcome - बर्फ़ी नमस्ते
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- Inspector Hajare's pink office and Barfi welcome - बर्फ़ी नमस्ते -
The flowery rickshaw crawled along the uphill burning noon time road. The gate to the office complex looked OK. Many local government buildings are lined with mold and peeling/fading paint that make them look deserted.
Up at the office my eyes indulged in.... pink ! The whole space was painted pink. That could already alleviate the spirit. Many government offices I visited look as is if electricity era hadn't arrive yet. The spaces are so dimly lit and darkly painted that the feeling is either it's a siesta time, a cave or some place where people are allergic to light. I also can't help but play with the idea that transparency can't come to light in such a place.
I sat with a clerk that was surprised I speak some Hindi and gladly introduced me to the office head, inspector Hajare. While moving hesitantly into his office I was immediately treated ( welcomed = Namaste = नमस्ते ) with a Barfi cookie ( बर्फ़ी, caramelized milk cooked with a sweet spice blend). He chatted me up and I drew my card and told him about my village documentary project. His smile and surprise were merging well with the pink wall. I already felt between friends rather then Indian officials.
Read the full story on my 'stories' page here.
My India: Where every village is home - Experience !
India, Etan Doronne, Indië, भारत, 인도, הודו, Indie, Indien, インド, Indėjė, Inde, Ìn-tō͘, Índia, Intian, Ãndia, Lindän, Indien, Ινδία, Індыя, Індія, Инди, Индия, Индија, Энэтхэг, Үндістан, Ҳиндустон, Һиндоста, भारत, भारतवर्ष, मराठी, हिंदुस्तान, ਭਾਰਤ, ประเทศอินเดีย, ඉන්දියාව, ინდოეთი, Yndia, An, Ấn Độ, Na h-Inns, インド, 印度, 인도, ህንድ, Ìn-tō͘,
In the story Indian police - A foreigner's mystery.
Also by Etan Doronne
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