This is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces.
The picture below was clicked in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India, during my recent visit in December to the place. I had purchased the fruits from this vendor and requested him if I could click his picture, he smilingly nodded and we exchanged a short conversation while he was packing the ‘Ber’ for me, I miss the scene of ‘thelawalas’ selling fruits here in my country of residence.
The picture below shows such contrast of emotions, one happy and smiling face and another a serious and pondering face. It was afternoon time and the serious guy was sitting and resting under the shade of the tree.
A mother with her tender care, love, and affection raises her children, the same way the mother Earth holds, supports and helps to spread out the roots of the magnificent Banyan trees that I saw recently during my day visit to India.
This picture was clicked in the National Fossil Wood Park, about a kilometer from Tiruvakkarai village, Vanur Taluka, Tamil Nadu, India. This was a stopover (I am so glad we did that) while returning to Chennai, during the recent day trip to Puducherry while touring India in 2015.
For me the Banyan trees always are unique, magnificent and an awesome sight, something to marvel about.
For this WPC I have selected two photographs that were clicked by me outside a temple in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
These old grandmas (I prefer to call them this)with their eyes speaking volumes of the long life journey they have covered were earning a livelihood, selling the flower garlands that they made with their hands. I have great regard and admire these noble souls who are the continuous source of inspiration for us young adults.
These old women were selling flowers outside the temple, both sitting next to each other and who could talk only in Tamil, which unfortunately I do not speak nor understand. But it is true, one does not always need to know the language to converse. These loving grandmas were so warm and friendly and were so elated when I was asking them if I could click a picture of theirs. They instantly agreed, smiled and laughed with childlike innocence, and gave me the moments that I so fondly cherish today.
Meeting them I remembered my better-half’s late maternal grandmother whom I admired and have always looked upon with great respect. She was a very strong personality, a young widow who lived alone and took care of her rice fields, and made a living for herself independently. I have some great memories of the time I spent in her company.
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I am currently visiting my home country, away from the hot and humid weather of the Middle East and enjoying the heavy rains in my home town. This weekend we had taken a car ride through the dense forest area, stopping on the way to view the flora and fauna of the place, to breathe the fresh air, feel the falling rain, and not to forget to click the creepy crawling insects that we saw on the roads, and hoping all along to catch a glimpse of the animals living in this part. Each visit of these familiar roads through these dense forested areas add a collection of new memories and some good pictures, but I could not see any animals in this particular visit.
I am posting below a couple of the pictures that I clicked this Sunday.