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Pomp and a touch of circumstance  Hardo Rattan  India

Pomp and a touch of circumstance

The nightly border closing ceremony at the Wagah border between Pakistan and India is certainly a site. The event draws uproarious crowds egged on by an emcee whose job it is - it seems to be - to stir up as much national sentiment as the human eardrums can handle.

The celebratory, militaristic, and acrobatic display is hoot. But it is always fun to try to capture the quiet moments. Here the simplicity of two guards waiting for the show to start is made compelling by the over-the-top costumes the soldiers don. Rest assured, the Pakistani costumes are just as fun to watch.