Faces of India – 182

I was in lot of dilemma for a long time whether to post the pics together, finally I did post. Both the pics were taken on the same day at different places of Bangalore city without their knowledge from a distance. I find a lot of contrasts in both the pics. While the man, attired in evidently poor clothes, carrying a load looked happy and carefree, also amused at something, the elderly lady who seemed rich, looked lot grumpier and worried to me.For a long time I kept thinking when is a person really happy.

It also made me think if men are more happier than women? For example a woman in the same situation as that of the man above, would she have the same smile and a man in the second situation, would he look so grumpy?

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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24 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    very good observations, indrani.

  2. Loved your insight Indrani..Nice..:)

  3. DeniseinVA says:

    Very interesting photos, wonderful people shots!

  4. A dour lady, brilliant pictures Indrani.

  5. Jeevan says:

    Nice perspective on different moods! Liked the man's happiness 🙂

  6. The first pic is a typical image of the Indian face. The second is not necessarily the cause 🙂

  7. i b arora says:

    as always beautiful photographs and thoughtful words, congrats

  8. Anna says:

    Beautiful pictures, Indra!!
    and I love your observation… Don't worry be happy!

    Warm greetings from Holland, Anna :))

  9. D. Prabhu says:

    Great captures 🙂 Photography does involve us to think. According to me happiness lies in simplicity 🙂 Life is happy when needs are less and desires are simple:)

  10. prepforum says:

    The carefree happy go lucky attitude vs the thoughtful and aloof look make a good contrast. The pictures of these two people bring out failure of material possession to bring in cheer in one case and the youthful grin that reflects a happy state of mind in the other case.

  11. Nona says:

    Do you ask permission before taking a picture?

  12. Thanks for the comments friends.

    Hi Nona, I do ask permission before taking portrait shots, but those cases I haven't taken I mention it in my post, like in both cases above.
    Thanks for your interest. 🙂

  13. Hilary says:

    Two fine photos and clearly they clicked and connected in your head. There's so much that people-watchers speculate about. I like the thoughts you shared about them.

  14. Anita says:

    Pics with such deep stories, Indrani.
    yes, they make us think for sure.
    So much about happiness…

  15. True Indrani…I agree with your observation…happiness has nothing to do with wealth and attire…

  16. Sylvia K says:

    Terrific captures and how different they are!! And, yes, happiness doesn't have anything to do with wealth and attire, but what's inside and how one views their world.

  17. Priyashi says:

    Thats really a good observation Indrani… We are so limited in our life style that we forget to smile many a times… lovely photos…:)

  18. Interesting, Indrani. I think this is proof that money does not ensure happiness.

  19. One of the best in the series Indrani! You said a lot with the two pictures… It would have been incomplete if you had not posted them together. Thank God you finally made your mind to post them together! TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  20. We like the fiorst man. It's a lucky man. Important in a life.

  21. Uppal says:

    Both pictures are expressive of contrasting moods!

  22. Gattina says:

    He certainly looks very happy, with her I am not so sure, lol !

  23. Great contrast, Indrani. I always enjoy your work.

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