Props to Neville Trickett for coming through with his guest post today, after having (ouch!) fatally dropped his laptop just before the weekend. Great recovery, Neville!

I have been taking photos of all the Hindu temples in and around Durban, and the oldest of them happens to be my all time best. Away from the mindless rush of commuter traffic on Umgeni Road is an oasis of peace and quiet. Set under groves of palm trees is the S.V.E.A Hindu Temple, whose original buildings were erected in 1883, making it the oldest temple in Durban by a country mile. The thing I like most about the architecture is the way years and years of whitewash has softened all the edges, leaving them, well, tranquil, which after all is the whole point.

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Photographs: Neville Trickett