(Back to blogging after almost 2 years. I am starting a series of random photo-stories, hopefully once a week. This is the first on the series.)
This picture is of the leather slippers and sandals (jootis) displayed outside a small shop in Tamil Nadu, India. In India it is common to display charms to ward off ill-luck outside shops.
Here the gargantuan leather slipper made up to resemble a demons face both showcases the perfect craftsmanship of the seller and protects the shop owner as well as his business from the evil eye.
The demon-face slipper measures about 2 feet in length, doesn’t have a partner and sits on display day after day…. while the ordinary-sized ones fit into human feet and walk off on their journeys into the world.
This is the slippers story.
“I was always an achiever, one step ahead of my peers, even when in school.
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