June 21, 2007

The Smile


He stopped by the poster announcing the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, and so did his two friends while on their way past us in the Army and Navy building in Fort. They had the same uniform on. There is little to smile about when you're working as a Security Guard in Mumbai. I wonder what he saw in the poster that made him smile so.

20 comments:

Uma Gowrishankar said...

So, you never leave home without a camera!

Mridula said...

Anil, charming picture. And there is very little to smile if you work as a security guard anywhere in a big city in India.

Smita said...

And his disarming grin made my day...

Seamus said...

...not just smiling , but seemingly happy!

anish said...

nice photo! your post inspired me to write down a memory :) thank you

Alina said...

Great photo! Whatever the reason, I hope he (and us all) get at least one of those every day.

Arun said...

nice :)

Shekhar said...

Nice picture, Anil. How are you? Take care,bye - Shekhar

chiefbiscuit said...

Is it something above the poster? You've made me curious now!

Anil P said...

Uma Gowrishankar: I do. I usually plan the days I take my camera out with me on my travels.

Mridula: Thank you.

Smita: Nice to know that. Like they say 'a smile goes a mile' :)

Seamus: Yes, 'seemingly happy'.

Anish: Thanks. I'm sure many of us will have memories from our growing up days, more so if we stayed in campuses.

Alina: Thank you. I hope too.

Arun: :)

Shekhar: Thanks. Doing fine :)

Chiefbiscuit: Actually, the poster was quite big and went up by a fair distance. I managed to get only a portion in the picture. The other two bunched up facing the poster while 'our guy' stood sideways looking up at it and smiling. :)

backpakker said...

i like your eye for detail and the way you capture human emotions and human stories..

Bit Hawk said...

Great pic. I wonder if you always walk around with a camera anticipating for a great photo!

Anil P said...

Backpakker: Thank you. I quite enjoy the dimension it brings to travels. It allows me to linger, and soak in the atmosphere. Moreover, there's always a chance that some stories will be lost in lives passing away, taking with them a feel of India never to be seen again.

Bit Hawk: Thanks. Mostly it is anticipation that comes from a gut feeling about a place I'm visiting, and the pictures I need to capture to fit in my writing. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

backpakker said...

Very true Anil...sometimes the human element brings in more flavour to a trip...to me however, the journey is more important than the destination...I do go for silent and unusual ones and I often find it a journey of self discovery ...

dharmabum said...

hey thats a nice one. didn't u speak to the guys and find out?

bluemountainmama said...

i wonder, also. curious minds want to know..... :) did you find anything smile-worthy on the poster?

Maddie said...

your blog is sooo gorgeous -
i am in awe of your wonderful
photography!

Anil P said...

Backpakker: Journeys lend meaning to destinations, though not always. Stops along the way string milestones together into a continuous narrative before leading one to the 'end' - destination, unless the 'end' marks another beginning in which case it is another story.

Dharmabum: Thanks. I did not get to speak with them. They moved off soon after I took this picture.

Bluemountainmama: There wasn't anything 'smile-worthy' on the poster from my point of view, but maybe they saw it differently :)

Maddie: Thank you.

H. Cardoso said...

I was lucky enough to have been in Mumbai once during the Kala Ghoda Festival. What a superb atmosphere it had!

vineeta said...

Brilliant capture :) I didn't comment on the previous posts- because I have a bad habit of just seeing the pics and not reading :) But brilliant pics. I loved all those colourful door pictures. India is a beautiful country.