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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39 Responses

  1. sylviakirk says:

    I’m glad he smiled for you!! The first look at his face truly tugged at my heart strings — too young to have a long term expression like his!! Wonderful captures as always, Indrani!! Thank you for sharing!! Enjoy your weekend!!

  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    I often share the story of The Little Match Girl with the young children at my school. They gasp aloud when I tell how the little girl can’t return home until she has sold matches on the street or her father will beat her. The children at my school are horrified when she dies at the end.


  3. Bob says:

    Beautiful face of the street vendor, and I want to know is, where is the boys father?

  4. It’s very sad to see children who have to grow up so fast.

  5. Missing his childhood. His facial expressions is making me very sad. Feel very sorry for him 🙁

  6. Oh Indrani, that whimsical expression sure tugged at my heart too. I’m glad he smiled for you when you bought lemonade. Great capture as always. Greetings Jo

  7. Gunilla says:

    Cute boy. It’s sad that they have to grow up so fast.

  8. Bibi says:

    Handsome boy, and this photo is beautiful, with the lemons in the foreground.

  9. Cloudia says:

    I see much pride. Wonderful portrait.

    Warm ALOHA,


  10. Aww… the story and the boy’s expression says it all… touching.

  11. IcyBC says:

    He looks concerned and un-settled!

    Often the parents put their children at the store front to attract customers too since very few can refuse a kid, but I do know what you meant about their childhood being robbed!

  12. It really hurts to see children working for living. Granted that sometimes it’s unavoidable due to extreme and extentuating circumstances, but even those circumstances don’t make them acceptable. It’s similar to find an old man pulling a rickshaw. It hurts and makes us look at our values again to try to find out where have we gone wrong.

    A beautiful pic with a hidden story in it…!

  13. A remarkable picture

  14. Hilary says:

    I imagine the father is not far. It’s just that the boy is a more effective sales generator. It works for them.

  15. Carver says:

    Great portrait. You get such good shots of the people in your country.

  16. Great shot, live his innocent and natural expression..

  17. Arun says:

    Nice capture. Unfortunate they are robbed of their childhood.

  18. It’s really sad to see kids working.. Nice shot dear 🙂

  19. Kishor Kr says:

    It’s a difficult world. When children should be playing and studying a large number of kids are forced to work because of poverty. It’s sad. And, I doubt with current Govt. policies in place it’s going anywhere any soon

  20. Great portrait, Indrani!

  21. magiceye says:

    Sad to see such a worried look on a young face

  22. Nice capture Indrani.

  23. A mixture of innocence and stress.

  24. Arun says:

    Its really sad to see the kids loose their childhood !

  25. Your narration writ large on his face! Great capture!

  26. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    There is an agony in his eyes…

  27. His eyes captivated me. Yes, it is sad to see these kids toil all day to make ends meet.

  28. Yogi saraswat says:

    परिस्थितियां आदमी को जल्दी बड़ा कर देती हैं !!

  29. Innocence coupled with growing capabilities.. The best Click!

  30. Mridula says:

    Yes so many like him!

  31. shweta says:

    He looks so responsible already at this tender age…nice capture!

  32. So very innocent :’)

  33. What to say …. Just that, its well captured Indrani ..:)

  34. A wonderful post dear. Perfect capture 🙂
    I love the little stories that you share in this series. They are heart warming 🙂

  35. Hema says:

    It’s heartbreaking to see kids being unable to live their childhood to the fullest. I do hope his parents and life are kind to him.

  36. Reader Wil says:

    He looks so sad, but I am glad he smiled at you lateron.

  37. Ranjini says:

    This is a wonderful series. Touching the hearts of many through the stories of real and unknown people. I have come across such children and really old people too. Some times I feel guilty seeing them working and earning. I feel I am not doing half of what they do. I don’t know half of what they know or I haven’t accomplished half of what they have. They are the true heroes 🙂

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