In South India there is never a shortage of coconuts or bananas; they are plentiful and omnipresent as well as being utterly delicious. While on a drive through rural Karnataka, the urge for a sip of sweet coconut water was overwhelming.
Opening the coconut is no easy task. It requires strength and skill. In all my years of travel around the world and not just in India, I can’t recall ever having seen a woman doing the job but here she is, doing just that.
As usual, my presence incited curiosity. With a lot of smiling and gushing about the yummy coconut water no one objected when my camera popped up.
This lovely yet shy young woman remained in the background watching with interest. I kept talking, clicking and laughing a lot too.
The heat of the day was intensifying and this man had the best spot to watch the goings on.
I think that my joking around put everyone at ease and eventually the shy girl stepped forward and smiled into the lens.
This was the sight next to the coconut stand. They save the shells and dry them and sell them. They are later turned into various products like coconut fiber door mats.
Back on the road, the sweet taste of coconut water lingered. I knew that another roadside stand wouldn’t be far off.