Faces of India – 106, Vegetable Vendor of Kolkata

Faces of India,

a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. See more here.

vegetable vendor of kolkata

I was taking pictures of a market in the by lanes of Kolkata when this vegetable seller called me and asked to take his picture. “Who knows, I may die in another couple of months. Let some people at least see me before that.” I was taken aback by his request; though I got a feeling he was being dramatic. I told him it is not for newspapers but for putting it up on computer he seemed happy and asked me to mention he was a vegetable seller. He got chatting with me after that.

While there are many people who don’t like being photographed, there are many who crave to be photographed and share their pictures. Some have means to do so while some don’t. This vegetable vendor of Kolkata definitely wanted some moments of fame and happiness. I was too glad to contribute.


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32 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    It must be interesting — all the people you meet and the conversations that evolve! Fascinating and a great study! Hope your weekend is going well, Indrani!

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    i nice working man portrait. i hope he lives a long, healthy life.

  3. Cloudia says:

    you show humanity, and now you tell it too

    from Honolulu
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  4. Antonina says:

    I like the pictures "Faces of India".
    Greetings from Poland 🙂

  5. Jeevan says:

    sounds interesting… i wish he survives for long.

  6. Liebe Indrani, immer wieder Freue ich auf Deine wunderbaren Portaits von fantastischen Menschen aus Deinem Land. Vielen, herzlichen Dank…

    Umarung und liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz


  7. May he gets to live for long… must be shocking to hear his request though!

  8. Hello you!
    Excellent picture.
    The beautiful, very handsome man.
    I send greetings.

  9. ashok says:

    looks familiar this time…

  10. George says:

    This vegetable seller is a handsome man as well as a very friendly one.

  11. Carver says:

    Great portrait. I hope he'll feel better.

  12. Haddock says:

    It is good that you clicked him (and uploaded). Must have made his day.
    I went one step ahead and took prints of the people whom I photographed at the market place and gave them the prints. You should have seen the joy on their face.

  13. Oh my! What a sad request…before he dies??? Sigh
    I am glad you took it as well.
    Nice portrait by the way.

  14. Interesting people you meet.

  15. A man with a nice face!

  16. The dialogue of the vegetable seller reminds the fact of human desire to live forever, at least in the memory of others or some photographs.

  17. magiceye says:

    Face of humility!

  18. His request speaks of a deep need many feel to be seen. Invisibility can be so dehumanising, really. Thanks for sharing this picture.

  19. It may be he may suffering from any critical disease. nevertheless True face of my nation.

  20. The truest face of the nation.. so sweet of you to capture him! :')

  21. He said that !! Sad …

  22. Great capture, Indrani. So nice of you to take his photograph. He looks happy, posing for it 🙂

  23. Smart and keen guy. His appearance is better than many film heroes. Thank you for making him (an average person with interest) popular.

  24. You share very interesting faces Indrani.

  25. Nice shot Indrani.. Some people are like this only we find them dramatic but actually they are full of life.. It's always pleasure to meet such people

  26. A hard working face. Generally people don't come up with such requests….Kolkata tei hoy eshob… 😛 😀

  27. D.Nambiar says:

    Ah! the stories you come across while travelling. 🙂
    Nice, Indrani.

  28. Interesting indeed!

  29. It happened to us too when we visited Ooty.. You are really honored in doing such a nice job for the Vegetable Seller, one of the most important Personalities of our day to day life, Indrani! God Bless!

  30. Love his attitude and the underlying message of living life to the fullest. The commoners can teach us a lot about life and interesting to learn so much about people.

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