Faces Of India – 234

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.


Both of us spotted each other almost the same time and both of us walked towards each other with our goals in mind. She wanted to sell her little stone grinder to me and I wanted a pic of hers for my faces of India series. As I walked towards her she was convinced I would buy the little stone grinder, instead she was surprised when I asked her to pose for me. Initially she was shy and then after some coaxing she relented. (The pic was taken in Chikmagalur, Karnataka.)

Her family makes these little stone grinders from granite. They make around 10 to 12 pieces per day and there have been some lucky days when she could sell all of them. Later she coaxed me in to buying one. I bought the small one for Rs.250. It is a show piece in my kitchen now.

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31 Responses

  1. That is neat how you were both walking towards each other for entirely different reasons. I like her colorful outfit and I’m glad you bought one of the stone grinders.

  2. Very nice portrait, great expression.

  3. magiceye says:

    Glad you bought the grinder!

  4. Kalpanaa says:

    Love her determined face! Those mortar and pestle’s must be heavy.

  5. Quite a lovely portrait… great insights! πŸ™‚

  6. Love the strength and determination on her face. A hardworking woman of India.

  7. Mridula says:

    Happiness delivered for both the parties πŸ˜€

  8. Dina says:

    Good for you both!

  9. I would love to buy one of those for my daughter. Her school has it as part of their kitchen toys…

  10. Gunilla says:

    A lovely portrait! The grinders must be a lot of work to make.

  11. Al says:

    I love this series – she looks like a focused and hardworking woman.

  12. Fly Girl says:

    I love the story behind the image. Great expression to it. Will you ever use the grinder?

  13. great click! the story behind it made it all more enjoyable πŸ™‚

  14. Bob says:

    She spotted you, beautiful pose.

  15. I think it’s wonderful that you purchased her smaller grinder. You are a kind photographer. πŸ˜‰

  16. That was really so sweet of you to buy the stone grinder. A wonderful capture. I really love the Faces of India series in your blog πŸ™‚

  17. TexWisGirl says:

    what a great portrait.

  18. dNambiar says:

    Another great one, Indrani.
    I so badly want one of those mortar and pestle things! And this is a stone one. Nice!!

  19. Wow very nice portraits with equally beautiful story. I am loving this series πŸ™‚

  20. she seem to be a strong woman πŸ™‚

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