Faces of India – 242

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 242

Another little boy managing his father’s fresh juice shop. I find so many such young boys running their parents’ shops during my travels to any part of India. They are robbed off their childhood by the poverty of their families. Where is the father? He has gone out for a little time is the stock answer I have got from them. It is so hard to refuse buying what they sell. The innocent expectant look they have on their faces is hard to ignore. Some of them learn the tricks of trade fast and know how to strike a deal.

This little boy was selling lemonade near Victoria Memorial, Kolkata. Lemon juice, mousambi juice, with sugar without sugar, with masala, without masala… he went on when I asked him for a pic. You will buy some juice after that won’t you didi (elder sister)? he said in reply. He is not smiling in the pic but he did after we bought some lemonade from him.

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