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BATIK ART BY JONATHAN S. EVANS
Confessions of an Itinerant Batik Artist

No Credit Please (Portrait of Anand Singh)

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I've seen this sign in chaishops and stores all over India and read it as a sincere effort by Indians not to cause offence by having to refuse to extend credit to their customers. By and large, Indians are a very polite race. And in many ways, Anand personifies this courtesy. His chaishop, up on Kasar Devi Ridge outside Almora, is one of the more spartan, being currently housed in a tin garage-like structure and set right on the side of the road. Nevertheless, his cafe has long been a popular one with the Westerners up there. There's a library of tattered, well-read paperbacks, a telephone booth and undrinkable coffee. Anand manages to save the situation with his ever pleasant manner, his willingness to cater to the needs of his often bizarre customers and his laidback, unambitious approach to life. I liked the way his jazzy shirt echoed the camouflage worn by the soldiers in the Commando cigarette ad pinned up on the wall behind him.

20" X 31"
$2100



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