Jhola Boy

This guy is one of my favourites (psst… don’t tell the others I said so).

He represents the young student activist of the ’70s and ’80s when I was growing up. The way we all were back then. Someone with high ideals, who believes he can change the system, before he realises what being ‘political’ really means.

The word ‘jhola’ stands for the bag he carries across his body. A bag usually open at the top, or at times with a flap and button (like a satchel). Standard student activist or budding politician accessory back in the day. It carried nothing more than a slim book, sometimes but not always – a little phone-book, a pen or pencil and an almost empty pack of cigarettes…

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