This is a picture I shot about two years ago in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, North India. Its a work of graffiti done by a Tibetan refugee, showing the sadness and difficulties faced by the wonderful
Tibetan people as China has taken over their country, and religious freedom by force.
Whats striking to me is that, although the Tibetans have hardly anything tangible on them( Not many refugees have their families with them in India-no real passports-no real jobs-Money) they are yet kind, relaxed and gentle. They exhibit a very rare bravery. That of smiling simply. Compassion in action. Some youngsters are taking to drugs, and alcohol, but on the larger front
there seems to exist a sanity, which is not often the case with the exhiled life, I find. I have always had a love for the Afghan people, and now that we have many refugees living in Delhi, I am very interested in going out there and meeting them. Once, I was lucky to befriend a mother-daughter duo at the New Delhi international airport, who were Tajiks from Afghanistan and had now settled in New Delhi. We have maintained our friendship, and I feel honored to know such an ancient
and striking people. If one were to remove the negative perceptions of all that has happened in Afghana, one may find a truly fascinating and ethereal culture.