The left hand knows what the left hand is taking

KPN photo

On the eve of the commencement of his birth centenary celebrations, Sri Shivakumara Swamiji shakes hand with a simian resident at the Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkur on Saturday, even as the party of the second part wangles a plantain in the process. The seer’s 102nd birthday celebrations will be inaugurated by the President of India, Pratibha Patil, on Monday.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News