(Posted in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Spare)
It was a sunny Sunday afternoon. The temperature gauge measured 40 C. It’s been few days since I last went out for photography. Unlike other days, I chose mid afternoon – “punishing” hours. Punishing because the Sun is scorching hot and mercury is at its highest between noon and 4 PM.
I was walking through the “tourist district” of Jaipur, near Hawa Mahal on Sirehdyodi Bazaar. The street is lined with shops selling touristy stuff. Almost all shopkeepers were trying to get my attention so I could walk in their shops and give them some business during ongoing off-season. They mistook me for a foreign tourist because I was fashioned like one of them! I feel it’s best to dress for the place & occasion; I call it “Blending In”. It provides you with lots of photographic opportunities.
I was about to cross the road towards the famous City Palace entrance gate, when someone from my left side called out in English, under a banyan tree.
Hello….Hi…will you spare a minute? Look at these dholak…very nice…Indian music… very cheap…Come have a look.
I found a young man selling Dholak. I pulled up my camera to compose a shot, he acknowledged by posing for a picture. He was holding a Dholak on his left arm.
(Dholak is a barrel shape Indian drum often having rope type lacing and played using two hands. Dholki is alternative name associated with Dholak. Check out previous post associated with Dholak here)
I quickly shot another frame capturing these spare Dholaks placed next to him on pavement meant for sale to the tourists. His source of livelihood.
I wanted to strike conversation with him. I had many questions in my mind….what caused injury to his left arm? Was he making enough money by selling Dholaks? …….and lots more.
But looking at the fact that I was short on time and conversation might break his illusion that I was a foreign tourist (I didn’t want to prove him wrong), I decided to move on thinking…some other day! I would love to hear his story, probably with lots of spare time!! I gave him a smile and moved ahead.
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