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June 24, 2008 / calebdresser

Friends in high? low? places

I was driving home with Dr. Gathala yesterday evening and we happened to pass the same police I ran into last week. Smiles brimming, the waved and asked me to come back and say hi in a few minutes. After my dipper-cup bath at home, I headed over to see them, bringing only a few rupees, my camera, and my Hindi dictionary. We had another nice chat and they served me more chai. We talked more about cricket and America, and then one of the officers told me with a big grin that his friend sitting to my right was stressed from the long hours and was going to go home and beat his wife tomorrow. The man on my showed me a toothy grin and made a sharp flicking motion with his handkerchief, bringing laughter from the other constables. I smiled weakly and changed the subject.

On a brighter note, I was able to hand the camera off to a curious policeman so that I was not the one taking pictures. I find letting other people take the photos can be more diplomatic, not to mention the fact that they enjoy playing with a camera. Especially with children (or people with guns!), it seems a less intrusive and objectifying way to do things, as long as nobody runs off with the camera. After some false starts, the constable took the following:




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  1. Emily Eptein / Jun 26 2008 10:04 pm

    good pic… what that guy said is really disturbing… who the fuck plans to beat their wife in advance? i hope he was kidding..

    also, i might be sending you a postcard- would you send one back? 🙂

  2. calebdresser / Jun 27 2008 5:08 am

    of course i’ll send one back!

    …and yeah, the domestic violence thing really creeps me out…

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