Esther Horvath: Life with Love

Photobook with quotations of great Indian personalities .


Language: english-deutsch
Format: 30 x 30 cm
Number of pages: 80
ISBN: 978-3-99003-283-1
Date of publication: 22.11.2010

Destination was India. The pictures are presented with quotations of great Indian personalities like Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore who dedicated their lives to love. 

In this book I would like to introduce the wonderful world of India through the lives of Indian people. I would like to describe that miracle which can be found in the sparkling eyes of every child, in every person's honest smile, in the sweat of difficult faiths, in the uproar of markets, in the caring embrace of mothers and in the love of people for every living creature. 


It was already getting dark when the old Ambassador car slowly stopped in a street in Calcutta and the driver pointed with his head at a ruined house. The colonial house on the corner was built as a hospital in the 19th century by the English. Today, 170 years later, its crumbling walls are littered with branches and roots of trees and Indian families live their simple lives in its undamaged rooms. 

I stepped into the courtyard of the house where children learned to read in the flickering light of a lamp on the well-trodden clay ground. The other members of the families listened to the lesson from the veranda of the house while in its kitchen corner young women prepared the dinner for everybody, which had filled the courtyard with spicy scents. The man who taught the little group of children waved at me to step closer and he immediately sent a pupil to bring refreshing tea for the stranger who might have become tired under the heat of the sun. 

As I stepped closer, curious eyes were focused on me but the curiosity in my eyes and heart burnt stronger to become acquainted with the life of these people and through them, with real Indian life. This is where my miraculous journey all over India had begun.

©Esther Horvath