I was first drawn to this man by his countenance: cheerful, positive, calm and self-contained. When I looked more closely at his surroundings, a tiny shop in the bazaar of a small Rajasthani village, it is only then that I noticed the shop was empty.
Maybe the shop has been in the family for many generations and the man in the photograph, now retired, comes to the shop out of habit. Whatever the circumstance, this man doesn’t consider that there is only a metal drinking cup and a few dusty old papers in the glass case in front of him.
I continue walking through the bazaar. Two women ahead catch my eye. I move closer to see what they are doing.
At first I think that they are gossiping and they could be but another activity is taking place. The woman in the pink sari is making a set of bangles, presumably for the woman in red. They smile at me and don’t object to my intrusion.
Indian women adore their bangle bracelets, especially Rajasthani women.. I’ve written about them before. Some larger towns have entire districts dedicated to the making and selling of bangles.
Here we see the maker applying small metallic beads around the bracelet.
All the while, the women continue chatting and I continue clicking. Life goes on unobstructed. The bangle maker checks her work for imperfections. I thank them for allowing me to capture a lovely moment in time as I continue searching for more bazaar activities.