'Complaints About Elephants'
There was a small sign above an unassuming door at the Amber Fort for many years which read 'Complaints About Elephants'. Next to this door there was an orderly queue of tourists from 9am onward waiting to board an orderly queue of elephants. Passengers and elephants would then ascend to the 'Most Beautiful' (I was promised) Amber Fort where teams of well organised monkeys waited to relieve you of anything which was not bolted down or tied to your assigned elephant.
I loved this sign and could not stop myself knocking on the door one morning at about 5am as I waited for the early light to hit the Fort. There were no tourists or elephants at this time .. only thieving monkeys who looked on from the ramparts in sleepy disbelief .. 'He's knocking on the complaints about elephants door'
'I'd like to complain about elephants' I said, standing to attention using my best 'Basil Fawlty' English buffoon bolt upright voice of annoyance.
The monkeys shuffled awkwardly from side to side as the uniformed figure in the doorway squinted upwards towards me still buttoning his jacket and straigthening his tie.
'Would you like some tea' he said 'and then we can talk about the nature of your complaint' .. and so he brewed up and we sat outside the doorway and drank tea while he recounted his finest 'elephants complaints' stories and fine they were.
Neil Emmerson: Photographer