By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jun 03 2018

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Category: Asia, India

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So, after last week’s Indian beauty, do we have here another budding Miss World in front of us? Classmates on a school outing to Hampi. They are both lovely girls, each one in her own way, as so many children of this age the world over.

The beauty of Indian women. I looked up a passage that I remember having read once in Robert James Waller’s novel ‘Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend’. The protagonist is, many years after his first visit to India, back in this country. “He’d temporarily forgotten how beautiful were the Indian women, even the poorest ones. It was easy to fall in transient love every few seconds in India. A superb gene pool, male and female alike, maybe the best gene pool in the world when it came to physical appearance.”
I recognize his observation only too well. But I must confess that my regular sojourns in India, spread over almost half a century, have refined my opinion on this issue somewhat. Don’t think all of the 600 million Indian women are equally beautiful!

The whole class was keen that I took their picture. Just look at them and you’ll certainly find a few lovely products of that ‘superb gene pool’.

Photos of the week: school children visiting Hampi, Karnataka, India 2014

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