Life in Pondicherry – a photo essay
The atmosphere of a place is best captured on its streets and that is why I decided to publish some photographs of ordinary street scenes. They are about people really…I love to photograph people the most. People absorbed in their normal everyday activities.
The first picture is taken on the outskirts of Pondicherry town, but in the union territory of Puducherry. , just before we reached. It was pouring cats and dogs and people were getting drenched as the showers were sudden and sharp. The only people who were not upset at this seemed to be the children. I caught some kids sneaking out of a hut with an umbrella. They stood outside enjoying the water around them.
This second picture is also on the outskirts of the town, but on another day. I was not sure whether he was a holy man. Probably he was an ordinary Puducherry citizen visiting a temple.
The two photographs below were taken on the streets of Pondicherry town, in the French Quarter, or what used to be called “White Town.” Although there are more three wheeler “autos” as compared to cycle rickshaws, the latter too are seen in plenty and make up the unique character of Pondi.
I was not sure about who the woman was who was sitting on the steps, but she was clearly a vendor and taking shelter from the rain.
The beach at Pondi is a photographer’s delight. It is not only tourists who throng the main beach here, but also the locals. Not surprisingly the beach was choc-o-bloc with vendors selling everything from sliced raw mango, gol gappa and puchka, mixtures, cucumber to ice-cream. A typical scene on any Indian beach as we Indians love to eat. However there was something unique in the food items…in Mumbai and Pune we get more of bhel and chaat on the beaches. There was no bhel here.
I spotted this lady from afar and thought her quite fascinating as she seemed to be attracting the crows. They flew about her as if creating a halo round her head.
Just another beach scene. The rain and the wind had made the sea a trifle choppy and gray but it seemed to attract people all the more.
I saw this lady tourist outside one of the monuments. I found her interesting because she was dressed in heavy silk though it was blistering hot. She looked comfortable too! Later when I examined the photograph I saw that she was doing something odd. She was feeling her husband’s pocket for something even as he was handing over some money to her.
A vendor selling amulets taking a break from the heat in the car park
(Photographs copyrighted to me)