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…
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?