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An old lady at the temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India, 2019

An old woman sits on the sidewalk at the gates of the Meenakshi Amman temple, holding her hands out to the passersby in hope of a generous gesture. Her white hair shines in the sun, while her sun-kissed skin testifies to the years spent waiting for people who deign to stop and give her a few rupees. The wrinkles on her skin and the anxious look in her eyes reflect a difficult life journey. However, her colorful clothes, an explosion of life, contrast with her situation. Each coin given to her, she receives with gratitude and humility, offering a lesson in humility and determination.

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