Faces of India – 239

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…

Faces of India 239A vegetable vendor; it may sound ordinary but take my word he isn’t. His shop is on a pavement hardly measuring 5 by5. The way he has stacked his vegetables in that tiny space amazed me. When floor space was hard to acquire he has used vertical stacking to solve the space problem. Almost all his vegetables are stacked up neatly one above the other. Packets of delicate baby corns at the top and sturdy pumpkins at the bottom, and in between there were the colorful vegetables.

Can you guess how old this shop is? It is 35 years old. His father ran this business at the same spot for 20 years and he has been running this shop for past 15 years. He is making enough and more profit and has no intentions of budging from that place. More than him it is the arrangement of vegetables that attracted me to the shop. A casual discussion about the shop inspired me to photograph him for my faces of India series.

The picture was taken in a busy street of Bangalore.

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27 Responses

  1. sylviakirk says:

    You do share with us the most wonderful and amazing people, Indrani!! I always look forward to these posts!! Wish I could find a “shop” like his here in Oregon!! Thank you!! I hope you have a great weekend!! Enjoy!!

  2. Amazing story with picture

  3. Bob says:

    Well placed, all those veges, I do hope he sold a lot. But, if he does, it would kind of mess up the dispay.

  4. eileen says:

    Hello Indrani, great shot of the street vendor. It must be a great shop with loyal customers. Have a happy weekend!

  5. Nice pick Indrani.The arrangement of veggies is no less than a work of art.

  6. Jeevan says:

    Wow! Amazing how long standing the shop was and too for that space of 5-5! Obviously his arrangement of vegetables was pretty neat and attracts to buy.

    Thanks for sharing

  7. DeniseinVA says:

    Carrying on the family business is a very honorable profession. Wonderful photo Indrani.

  8. Bibi says:

    I saw so many vegetables and fruit stacked in such creative (and space-saving) ways when I was in India. I really like your Faces of India.

  9. Gunilla says:

    Great portrait! I love all the veggies behind him.

  10. Beautiful composition, Indrani!

  11. Yogi saraswat says:

    It is 35 years old !! it shows that his behavior to his customers is friendly !!

  12. Afshan says:

    Interesting πŸ™‚
    I too love that vertical arrangement

  13. TexWisGirl says:

    i noticed his tightly stacked produce right away! nice portrait and a wonderful family business!

  14. thomas says:

    unique and colorful face of India

  15. There is so much of ingenuity in small places. wonderful that you are able to look for motivation ^inspiration everywhere..

  16. An Expertise Unique by itself passed on from father to son.. The right Click of the times!

  17. Kishor Kr says:

    It is evident in the picture how he has arranged the veggies. Nice job. Of course, when a business appears neat and tidy customers are automatically attracted. Small or large, management always matters. Nice capture too. I see you have eyes for finding the gems.

  18. magiceye says:

    True enterprise!!

  19. Sabziwala artist…amazing capture!

  20. I enjoy this series on your blog so much.
    It was great to know about this vegetable seller. Wonderful capture πŸ™‚

  21. Bhavani says:

    Very fresh and assorted vegetables!!! And a good history!!

  22. Hema says:

    That there is some fantastic stacking! I wonder how much work it takes to do this every day!

  23. Rajlakshmi says:

    wow now that’s really innovative way to stack vegetables.

  24. It looks so beautiful! Kitni mehnat ki hogi na! Spending a lot of time in arranging a pattern, which he knows -or rather hopes – that will be destroyed. Because, unless it is disarranged, he won’t earn.

    What a lovely pic!

  25. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    A hardworking face! Running a business for 35 years is no little feat!

  26. Such a wise expression captured in his face. Love this series on your blog. πŸ™‚

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