The Siddi are African Indians (Indians of African descent) who live in small communities in Southern and Western India (Siddi Wikipedia Article). These youth in the picture are from a village adjoining Gir National Forest, last bastion of the Lion outside Africa -- the Asiatic Lion which previously roamed from Greece through Persia and India.
A friendly bunch, these boys stopped their game of cricket to talk and pose for photographs during a visit to the area in 2006. They represent the descendents of a community that has adapted and thrived in their new home.
Further North, in the Kashmir valley, Gondolas ply on Dal Lake reflecting serenity:
However, in Sumbal, the ancient Nandkishore Temple now abandoned with the exodus of the Pundits from the Valley has been stoned and damaged by militants:
Nearby some youth, oblivious of the trouble, enjoy a dip in the water:
Hopefully the next generation can foster the harmony that once existed in this area.