Several times, all the journeys that we undertake, all the photographs that make us smile, all the stories that light up our little world, comes down to people. There are a few people you meet during these journeys, that leave an impression and years later, when you see their photograph, the memories become so vivid that you can actually relive the moment. This post is about some people I met in 2015, that left an impression on me.
2015 turned out to be a good year in terms of growing and learning. We went to several places, met many people, savoured different cuisines and absorbed different views. I usually write about the place in question, the adventures we were a part of and the stay, never about the people we met. I have lately developed the enthusiasm for people photography, but when I looked into the photograph folders for the past year, I found a few pictures that are worth sharing though very few in number. So here we are, let me take you through each picture and share my stories with you.
I wanted to start off with a favorite photograph of mine. This photograph was clicked in Bir, a small town in Himachal Pradesh. We checked in to a lovely property named Colonel’s resort. When we decided to take a round of the property, I noticed a group of ladies working on a construction site. I hardly clicked pictures of strangers at that time, but there was an unseen attraction towards the group and I decided to ask them if I can take a picture. As shy as I am when I approach any stranger, the ladies instantly made me feel at ease. They smiled at me and two of them sat by my side, while cleaning their finger nails. After talking to them, I realised that they were extremely happy supporting their families with whatever means they could. They are proud ladies who would not take anything for free, and lived a happy life. Early morning they would start their work at the construction site and continue like a man till the evening. They also managed their families very well. When I clicked their pictures, they smiled and were happy to see their pictures in the camera screen. This lady whose photograph I am have shared above, is one of them and is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. Her eyes twinkled with love and her smile reflected the contentment of her heart. Every time I see this picture, I usually go back to the wonderful moments I spent chit-chatting with this beautiful lady. Strong women they are!!!
I clicked this pretty face in Assam. She loves to play cricket, swim in the nearby river, go for long walks with her grandmother and laugh for no reason at all. She made me smile several times and as I tried to understand her ever curious mind, I realized how important it is to never let the child within us, die. We should learn to see things from a kids view at times so we know how trivial some problems are, how easy it is to laugh like crazy and how important it is to find joy in little things.
We met this boy on the highway to Shillong. During the drive, my mom shared how sweet the pineapples of this area are and asked us to stop by whenever we see a vendor by the roadside. As soon as we were out of the plains and started our journey uphill, there we saw several vendor selling pineapples, oranges and other fruits. In no time we pulled our car to the sideways and went to the stall when this boy and his mother were selling the fruits. When you are in Meghalaya, you will notice that it’s mostly the woman folk that takes the lead, be it in the markets, roadside stalls or hotels. This little boy was right there at the stall we went to, helping his mother as it was a Sunday. He and his friend were busy counting the fruits, which made the fruit stall a learning place. Indeed, if you have the zeal to learn, you can learn from everything, at any place. He would look away whenever I brought the camera close to my eye and smile as soon as I pulled it away. For this picture, I had to trick him into not looking away from me. We parted as we said goodbye but I will never forget the hide and seek he played with me and my camera.
This is a picture of an Indian bride during Mandap ceremony taken in Uttar Pradesh. This was a traditional wedding and the Mandap ceremony was a meticulous process. The rituals during the ceremony were performed in front of the sacred fire and hymns were recited by the priest, from Vedas. The bride, elegantly dressed up from head to toe, looked splendid on her big day. As any other bride, she was sad and excited at the same time for she would be leaving her home and moving into a new family, which would be her home from now on. She smiled at every guest, but I wonder what thoughts ran inside her head. Nevertheless, she looked beautiful and I had the opportunity to click this dreamy picture that will make you wonder how her eyes shone in the light that fell across from where I sat, close to her.
These 3 pictures are from the streets of Pushkar. While we were walking towards the Pushkar lake, sweat started dripping from our foreheads as the sun was literally on our head and was really harsh. There was this lady ahead of us, with her baby clinging to her body. The little one was an absolutely happy baby and smiled at every funny face I made.
The other two pictures are of two street musicians we passed by in the main market of Pushkar. There were amazing at what they did, and the chords they stroke, pierced my heart. Melancholy tunes in the middle of the day, their music defied the hustle and bustle of the ever so busy market so strong that people would forget the rush, sit and enjoy the music. Music has no boundaries, they have proved it. I will never forget them and the music they played.
So, this is all about the post, I promise, I will post about the people we met going forward whenever we are out on a trip.