India - Traditional Post Office camp fire

Uploaded 30 Mar 2011
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© Etan Doronne
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Indian post office regulations, or just the mandatory tradition, requires every parcel shipped (abroad?) to be fully wrapped and stitches in fabric. Then every spot where stitches begin/end/cross has to be sealed with molten wax ! Of course on my first visit to the India post office I couldn't guess that. So after standing in “line” I had to go back to the stall outside the post office yard and buy some red wax sticks for Rs. 5 each ( about 10 US cents). Now how do I get these molten ? Luckily, the same person who pointed that stall to me volunteered to help. Right on the post office premises, as you can see at the photo I just had to snap, among the trees, where dry foliage covers the earth he started a little fire. He melted the tip of a wax stick and smeared it using a coin or a key onto the parcel wrap stitches.

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