The Judwa Bloc

This village in UP is famous for an inexplicable genetic phenomena—twins born to scores of families. Is it the chromosomes, the water, the air...even experts are clueless.

April 04, 2019

As girls in 2003, Farhat and Nighat Jehan were pranksters

Farhat and Nighat Jehan are the best of friends still

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Inseparables Mohammed Rehan and Mohammed Hassan now, “We were Rambos then,” says Rehan.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Mohammed Rehan and Mohammed Hassan in 2003.

Ibran and Farhan were boys 16 years ago.

The sociable Ibran with his dutiful twin Farhan now, before the same tree, now dead and fallen. “They’re two bodies with one soul,” says their mother.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Mohammed and Mohammed Tazim were babes in arms back then

2019 finds them in high school

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Twins Abu Sayyad and Mariam, with their father, were spitting images of each other when small

The duo now, 16 years later

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari