Faces of India – 241

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 241I happened to meet this flower seller lady near an apartment complex. There was no market nearby just her alone. She had spread a cardboard sheet, and she sat there with her packet of flowers tying up a string of jasmine flowers. I knew she would make a good entry for my faces of India series. I approached her on the pretext of buying flowers and we chatted.

She told me she has 8 children.
I asked her how come you are working.
Her reply: All of us contribute to the running of the family and I do this.
To my question if all of them are staying together she said not all but others are nearby.
I asked her out of concern wouldn’t she sell faster if she sat near a temple, she seemed confident she would sell her whole stuff in 2 hours as people in nearby apartment complexes rely on her for fresh flowers.

I think in the end she was happy when I took her picture and made the purchase. She was generous and filled my packet with several loose flowers.

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33 Responses

  1. sylviakirk says:

    I do enjoy this series of yours so much, Indrani! Thank you for sharing, as always! It has helped me learn/know more about the people in India which is a place I’ve never been able to visit although I have traveled a great deal in my life, but not to your part of the world and I’m sorry about that! But learning about it through your photos and posts is great!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      Dear Sylvia, I feel so grateful to you for your generous appreciation of my posts. They keep me motivated to continue blogging. Thank you very much.

  2. Nice portrait.

    ~ Have a nice weekend ~

  3. magiceye says:

    Lovely capture and love the way you caption it always!

  4. I am very glad that you started this serious.. Knowing about these lovely & hardworking people is pleasure πŸ™‚

  5. Being contented in life does not need a great back up wealth with us.. Your Post here thru’ this narration and the Photo of the elderly hard working lady truly brings out the point.. One of the best Faces of India, Indrani!

  6. Goes to show how well she understands her customers mindset !! Lovely indrani

  7. She reflects quite an intense aura :’)

  8. It feels so good to know people of lower strata through this series of yours. Beautiful πŸ™‚

  9. Mridula says:

    A picture and purchase must have been a good day for her too πŸ˜€

  10. Indrani, your series made me realize that every story has a face and every face has its own unique story. πŸ™‚

  11. Every of the people that we across on daily basis, have a face of their own, have a story of their own! Thanks for sharing such stories… πŸ™‚

  12. Bob says:

    Lovely woman, a seller of flowers, great image.

  13. Yogi saraswat says:

    All of us contribute to the running of the family and I do this. This is new Indian culture , everyone is playing his/ her part in life . Appreciative your pic and work of this lady.

  14. eileen says:

    Lovely image of the flower woman! Have a happy weekend!

  15. Bibi says:

    I love your faces of India. I continue to be struck by the warmness of the people, even through photographs. Waiting impatiently to return in April.

  16. Jeevan says:

    Nice capture and detail about her. I think she would have regular customer to buy flowers from her… there’s also a woman at our street selling flowers and she’s would drop into the houses once she finished tying all the flowers sitting on the footpath.

  17. Simran says:

    Did u told her this picture is going to be posted on your blog? Because i feel she will be double happy hearing so.

  18. Kalpana says:

    She is lovely! And although she doesn’t make much money, working with flowers all day and being a bread earner of the family gives her life both beauty and dignity.

  19. I love your posts, as well as the detailed description of their lives. It’s like peeping through a keyhole into their lives. The picture gives a life to the description.

    Great job, once again! πŸ™‚

  20. Kishor Kr says:

    Another brilliant addition to the series. And yes she is right too. Around the temples there are a lot of flower sellers already and since people visiting temples are mostly regulars they buy from the same sellers they have been buying in the past. So if she begins afresh beside a temple it would take her time to settle. While in an apartment complex where she is the only one, all people would be forced to buy from her. A majority of people worship at their home and not in temples.

  21. Arun says:

    Nice capture. Its bad that she needs to work at this age but if she is happy doing it then its all ok.

  22. Another extension to this great series. Good to know that she is independent even at this stage of her life.

  23. Gunilla says:

    A lovely portrait of the flower woman.

  24. VJ Sharma says:

    It seems like I am seeing this photograph second time. It’s magical that a photograph seems so familiar, probably because it’s composed so well and looks almost real.

  25. Sapana says:

    Beautiful portrait! I am still thinking over the ‘8 children’ part!

  26. Fabulous image of the flower lady. And even better that you talked to her about her story. I will look forward to seeing more of your faces of India. Thank you.
    Happy travels and have a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

  27. vishal says:

    Nice one Indrani πŸ™‚

  28. sharodindu says:

    Nice Post Indrani.

    It is good to see that you are still in touch with people. Thanks for sharing

  29. I really enjoy these series of your Indrani.. I like the way how Indian people are so unique in itself.. You capture the stories really very well πŸ™‚

  30. Quite an innocent lady she is!

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