Faces of India – 257

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

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Let me complete the #makeheritagefun event with this faces of India picture. This old vegetable seller was seated in his makeshift market place just outside the Bangalore Fort. While we were focusing on the fort, this man kept trying to attract our attention and make some sales. He wasn’t begging or pleading, it was clear sales pitch: Rs.10 for 2 raw bananas. None of us wanted to make any purchase then but he did catch my attention.

I kneeled down to talk to him. After hearing me he said, “I don’t understand Hindi”.
So I switched to speaking in Tamil. I asked him about his life there and whether he makes enough for his family.
He said he has been around this place for more than 60 years.
He is all alone and doesn’t depend on anybody.
He makes his living by selling vegetables and that is enough for him.

He then asked me some questions: How come you are speaking in so many languages? How did you learn them?

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36 Responses

  1. Jeevan says:

    Great portrait and he looks courageous even at this age and standing on his foot!

  2. Cloudia says:

    Another noble human brother

  3. MP UPPAL says:

    Looks like he only sells bananas and that too of poor quality.

  4. Al says:

    He looks as if he’s seen a lot in his life.

  5. amazing, as usual. hats off to u.

  6. vatsala mallya says:

    He looks experienced and engrossed in his business (selling vegetables ) .
    Nice portrait Indrani..

  7. Arun says:

    Nice capture. You know Tamil too 🙂

  8. India is such a visual feast no matter where one looks. How fortunate for you that you have that feast at your beck and call.

  9. Sneh says:

    Salute to this man..

  10. Very nice portrait, such an intense expression.

  11. Interesting expression!

  12. Yogi Saraswat says:

    He said he has been around this place for more than 60 years. Beautiful beard !!

  13. Chaitali says:

    Another incredible capture

  14. magiceye says:

    Such a look of determination on his face! Well captured!

  15. dNambiar says:

    Another great one; and this one has a great story too. My salutes!

  16. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    Great portrait, Indrani… 🙂

  17. Priyanka says:

    “How come you are speaking in so many languages? How did you learn them?”
    Great one, Indrani 🙂

  18. Salute to this person :’)

  19. Carver says:

    Fantastic portrait. You are so great at capturing the people who see.

  20. A great portrait Indrani. As always 🙂

  21. fly girl says:

    What an interesting encounter! I don’t blame him, I’d want to know why you speak so many languages as well!

  22. Shrikant says:

    Hair details are just awesome! good shot.

  23. It’s amazing to see him content with his life selling bananas. Interesting find, Indrani.

  24. Mridula says:

    True Indrani, how did you learn so many of them?

  25. Bibi says:

    Awww…I’d have bought some bananas even if I didn’t want any and would have given them to someone. Lovely face.

  26. Typical Face of Bangalore Streets and Markets.. Indirectly these Personalities do a Yeoman Service to the people around by becoming a supply chain in their food supply.. Thanks for sharing a valuable Post,Indrani!

  27. Carmen Henesy says:

    This series of yours is one of my favorites. There is so much that is special about India. I can’t believe that in my “senior” years, I’ve spent two years of the last four in this country so far from my home, traveling alone. Of course, thanks to all my years of Royal Caribbean cruising, with so many Indian crew members, I have many friends and it has been such a joy seeing them in India, meeting their families and becoming so attached to your incredible country.

  28. Cynthia says:

    Great portrait! People are so interesting! I love hearing their stories!!

  29. shweta says:

    Just the other day, I noticed that this series is i think more than a year old…awesome isn’t it 🙂 and best is its not boring yet 🙂 awesome 🙂

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