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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Kartal

Kartal is a sleepy town of 8,000 people about halfway between Ajaigarh and Kalinjar. By a fluke, there happened to be a wedding in progress this day, and a stranger was of course welcome.

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Kartal's main street, which is the main road passing north from Ajaigarh to Naraini, where one turns to Kalinjar.

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A side street.

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Narrower still.

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Typical roof tiles.

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The local tailor's shop.

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Photo break.

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A procession, prompted by the Durgapuja.

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Closer.

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The procession passes a house in whose courtyard men have gathered.

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The mood is relaxed but the occasion serious: money is to be passed from the family of the bride to the family of the groom.  The bride's brother prays at left.

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Fruits, as well as money, are displayed.

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The big moment: a bundle of rupees is handed to the groom's representative.

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There are plenty of witnesses.

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They've seen this plenty of times before.

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Still, it's no time to nod off.


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