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This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Admiration.

For this WPC I have selected two photographs that were clicked by me outside a temple in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

These old grandmas (I prefer to call them this)with their eyes speaking volumes of the long life journey they have covered were earning a livelihood, selling the flower garlands that they made with their hands. I have great regard and admire these noble souls who are the continuous source of inspiration for us young adults.

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These old women were selling flowers outside the temple, both sitting next to each other and who could talk only in Tamil, which unfortunately I do not speak nor understand. But it is true, one does not always need to know the language to converse. These loving grandmas were so warm and friendly and were so elated when I was asking them if I could click a picture of theirs. They instantly agreed, smiled and laughed with childlike innocence, and gave me the moments that I so fondly cherish today.

Meeting them I remembered my better-half’s late maternal grandmother whom I admired and have always looked upon with great respect. She was a very strong personality, a young widow who lived alone and took care of her rice fields, and made a living for herself independently. I have some great memories of the time I spent in her company.

To view other entries in this photo challenge, click here.