I can see three connections between these photos.

#1  The people in these two pictures are related:  Baby Joanna, my great niece is our family’s joy. The elderly man is my grandfather Rev V.G.Asirvatham, and he is Joanna’s great great grandfather. (Joanna is the first daughter of his first son’s first son’s first son.)

#2 Thottils and veshtis: Joanna is in her thottil. In the old days, babies in Tamil Nadu traditionally slept in a thottil, which is a cloth hammock. The cloth used is usually an old saree or veshti. Everyone these days knows what a saree is. But what is a veshti? This is where my granddad’s picture comes in handy, because he is wearing a veshti.

#3 The thottil gives babies a snugness without making them hot, and so is ideal for that climate. You can see Joanna snug as a bug and yet beating the heat. As for granddad, he is not doing too badly either. Obviously it is another hot summer day about 70 years ago and he is relaxing in his chair.