mirik, darjeeling, summer 2008
"culture under threat resists, survives, gets nourished. the past is not without injustices, nor the present. yet, in the larger course of the river of life, it is fleeting and transforming. one set of rights and freedoms may have come under threat, yet beyond all politics, a culture needs custodians, and traditions are mechanisms that sustain the essence, protect it, for there are some things worth preserving, protecting, promoting."