Jolly good fellas

The Family and I lost ourselves in the little back lanes of the old town of Jodhpur on the day we arrived. There were lots of interesting and decaying havelis. Eventually, on Ajay Chowk Road we came across a lively temple. In the tiny verandah around it ten people made quite a crowd, laughing and chatting. I saw two games of cards in progress, and wondered how they would take to being photographed. It turned out that they were quite comfortable with it.

When I’m traveling outside the country I’m often in places where I do not speak the language, and my conversations are therefore very limited. Here we could chat with the friendly blokes whom you see in these photos. It turns out that they were retirees, and liked to spend the afternoon chatting and playing cards together. The temple was the only place where they could sit for the whole afternoon.

They were thrilled when I assured them that I would love to join them after retirement. I now have an invitation to join a post-retirement club if I decide to relocate to Jodhpur. Nice chatting with you, fellas. I just might join you one day.

By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.


  1. So often I see people I would love to photograph, but on the very rare occasions I ask for their permission, I’m almost always turned down. As a result, I’ve become very shy about approaching people for a photo. I’m missing a lot of great shots!


  2. Great that this group were all happy to be photographed 🙂 I’ve found that very often to be the case in India, unlike some other parts of the world – it’s one of the many things I love about travelling there. I’m thinking of you all at the moment, such a tough time for your beautiful country.

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