Souvenirs from Shantiniketan
Staying in a city I am habituated to seeing big price tags in the malls. Compared to them these looked so cheap that it got me worried. What is their profit margin? I picked up four pieces; I had my doubts if I could take them back home safe. And as expected, couple of pieces did break, but Tagore’s image was fine and strong.
This girl was selling handmade trinkets. On close observation I found they were made of colorful pulses and seeds. Some of them were colored, but none of her items were artificial, no plastic or glass pieces involved. Such creativity! After school hours she pursues this skill of hers not as a hobby but for additional income for household expenses. She was too shy to pose for my ‘Faces of India’ series.
Other than these, there were unique hand made musical instruments, hand painted scarves and wall hangings. The sellers have a friendly attitude and they have such eager eyes watching what you have appreciated and picked up. They give their little explanations on their work. So much of effort and imagination has gone into these creations. I felt happy to bring back a piece of Shantiniketan with me in the form of these souvenirs.