Faces of India – 133

Can you guess how he makes his living? He is a turmeric crusher. He had machines for other grains too, but since turmeric stains other ingredients this one was specifically meant for turmeric. I met him in Ilambazar, West Bengal.

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.

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64 Responses

  1. Barb says:

    A wonderful portrait – he is dusted with his trade!

  2. Sylvia K says:

    I do enjoy this series of yours so very much — as I'm sure you know by now! The faces say so much and without a word — something to remember as we see people in our own worlds — look beyond the surface!! That's what I've had confirmed for me. Thank you! Have a lovely weekend, Indrani!!

  3. Cloudia says:

    This man processes my tumeric! Thank YOU, sir

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

  4. Haddock says:

    I have seen them. I thought turmeric and chili are done the pounding way. Like to hear that rhythm when you approach one of these shops.

  5. DeniseinVA says:

    Another wonderful image! I really enjoy your Faces of India posts.

  6. Joop Zand says:

    Very nice photographed Indrani.

    Greetings, Joop

  7. Aditi says:

    Great capture of the Man and his Machine!

  8. Pallavi says:

    The common man making his living amidst the spices. Well captured ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Cutella says:

    Hard working indeed…

  10. Carver says:

    Great portrait. I didn't guess but once I saw what he did it made sense.

  11. TexWisGirl says:

    a very messy job, apparently, but a wonderful portrait.

  12. George says:

    This is another wonderful portrait. It's easy to see why he needs a separate machine for turmeric.

  13. Wonderful portrait of a man & his living.

  14. Nice shot. I find your portraits of people very fascinating.

  15. aha.. i remember wen i was small i would accompany my mom to the flour mill. nw in city its a rare sight.thx for making those memories fresh…

  16. Panchali says:

    I am trying to imagine the beautiful aroma that surrounds him all the time–and turmeric is antiseptic too ๐Ÿ˜€
    Great shot!

  17. Waiting for next post in faces of India posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Sangeeta says:

    Thanks Indrani for letting me roam and see India vicariously.

  19. I have seen people working in Mills and they do work really hard..
    Nice Capture..:D

  20. Renuka says:

    Really nice picture!

  21. Really nice, Indrani! ๐Ÿ™‚
    At first I thought he was working at a road-side eatery…then I read the answer and yes, his clothes have Turmeric powder…

  22. Najm Nisa says:

    This picture shows how hardworking & true Indians are towards their professions ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Turmeric certainly does stain, something I know from personal experience. (sigh) I like seeing how it's crushed in West Bengal.

  24. Namrota says:

    I find this series "Faces Of India" very interesting… we get to see so much of the other side of India. I have never seen how turmeric is pounded in a machine. thanks you for sharing it ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. This series is phenomenal. Great job with the photo ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. No mask .So pure and innocent .jk

  27. bushra M says:

    Very Interesting capture dear…

  28. reminded me of Swami Vivekananda portrait .. nice click !

  29. The common indian man….. who works hard to earn his living..dreams big…. what a beautiful capture..!!

  30. Another very fine portrait!

  31. Senorita says:

    Really liked your thought behind the wonderful capture!

  32. A tough profession as it takes a toll on the lungs and overall health as well. But with all ready made masalas being available slowly this tradition is dying away.

  33. I first thought those were paint splatters on his clothes. Your photograph brought out the colors on his clothes and in his face very well.

  34. no wonder he is all yellow and orange.

  35. once again an epic pic (: Keep posting under this series (:

  36. Each person is with a unique story! That fills my mind with different moods! Very interesting one ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Amber everywhere !!
    Fantastic !!

    When I wrote my post – When it rains… I thought of you since in a way that talks about a commoner who was anonymous !

  38. Pearl says:

    that's neat work. I'm on a turmeric kick so hat tip to his trade.

  39. This photo is very candid u know

  40. R.k.laxmans common man came to life

  41. Truly superb series of faces of India.
    excellent pic.
    Have a great week until New Year.

  42. So you got him near my hometown, nice capture, good to read about him.

  43. Nice Shot, it is all different world when you start seeing through your camera.

  44. Pradhan says:

    Simplicity, Honesty and Natural…. capturing India is an amazing concept.

  45. Ya, I remember we used to go with container full of grains , and get it crushed a flour, during our childhood. This photo reminded me those days.

  46. Your portraits speak for themselves!

  47. Sims says:

    Nice pic Indrani. This field of work usually gets unnoticed.

  48. A hard working Indian

  49. Such a hard working person. I really enjoy your Faces of India posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Picture speaks for itself. So well captured. The turmeric all over his dress…

  51. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    A unique profession…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. dNambiar says:

    That’s an interesting shot. The man powders turmeric and the whole image has a yellowish/orange tinge. ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Grew up with many such people around. Rapid urbanisation has killed so many such professions…

  54. He seems to be quite an honest and hardworking gentleman

  55. Moon says:

    Just wonderful! I wonder how do you find them. You have a great eye for details.

  56. So beautifully captured. ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Very hardworking peoples, I had seen a person with same profession but with a single hand and the most important was his smiling face.

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