Jaggery Vendor : This is the image of a jaggery vendor at a local market in the North Bihar province of Muzaffarpur.I liked his posture as he was dressed in the traditional Dhoti-kurta,which is falling out of fashion in modern India.Even till the seventies of the last century,Dhoti-kurta used to be worn by the majority of Indians in North Indian Villages,but the modern day India is more comfortable in western outfits like pant-shirts.
Some tidbits about Jaggery :
Jaggery is a traditional uncentrifuged sugar consumed in India mostly. It is a concentrated product of date, cane juice, or palm sap without separation of the molasses and crystals, and can vary from golden brown to dark brown in color. Jaggery is mixed with other ingredients, such as peanuts, condensed milk, coconut, and white sugar, to produce several locally marketed and consumed delicacies.All over India, jaggery has religious significance to Hindus. Many of the festivals involve the offering of jaggery to deities during worship. Jaggery is considered auspicious in many parts of India and is eaten raw before the commencement of good work or any important new venture, or after good news is shared by family and friends
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ikeharel (76251) 2013-12-14 10:49
Good evening Farhat,
marvelous pic. of the face expression of the man selling unique food of Indai.Never heared about the Jaggery, thanks for enlightening my knowledge, learn something new.
Fine "busy" picture, many bikes "decorated" the BG.
Have a nice weekend,
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-14 10:49
An excellent and original market scene from India.
It is nice to see that you could find a villager wearing the traditional dress of our country. Good eye contact and nice focus on the subject and his commodities.
Nice natural and well managed light. A very good photo my friend, thanks for sharing.
PaulVDV (31217) 2013-12-14 11:27
An interesting market scene and a good portrait of this man.
So today the Dhoti-kurta is falling out of fashion in India. I was in India in 1994 en in 1995 (twice in summer) and I remember to have seen many men in this traditional dress.
In this city the bike is clearly a popular mode of transport. I also once rented a bike in India. It was quite adventurous driving in the busy streets :)
Best regards, Paul
photoray (13981) 2013-12-14 11:42
Fine candid of the Jaggery vendor in his classical garment and his display, and the background of bicycles. A scene from traditional past and attractive deviation from modern society.
holmertz (57483) 2013-12-14 12:08
Reading about the ingredients of jaggery I feel like I would die just getting close to this salesman :-). But it's another very good street-photo with lots of atmospere and fine colours.
daddo (27656) 2013-12-14 14:39
Salam Farhat. Well, now I know a lot about jaggery. He sure has a lot of it and he is not amused by your camera. Interesting slice of local life that includes many aspects such as transport, dress, food and local enterprise. Regards. Klaudio.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-14 21:18
This is sweet indeed. Very natural posture of the vendor and a typical street-side market. Nicely taken with good soft light. The background gives an impression of a busy market area.
Very very well done.
kato (11630) 2013-12-14 22:08
You're capturing well this daily life by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see big Jaggery on roadside market and traditional clothes of the elderly seller. He is doing the intrepid countenance. Anyway, it's interesting to hear that this kind of sugar consists with other ingredients.
pajaran (64478) 2013-12-14 23:12
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu i hrani ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, elpe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Imajte lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article about the place and the food ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice place and moment shown.
Have a nice day to relax, all the best.
danos (101882) 2013-12-15 0:13
nice the view of teh ventor of the Jaggery vendor,as spreads on the ground his merchandises.Huge the main pieces of this sweet product,with the presentation of the daily life of the man in the open air market to be very effective.
mirosu (16273) 2013-12-15 1:58
Your photos are always reminding me to my may trips to your country. India is offering many interesting subject for photographers, beside of nature the street snapshot subjects are always very interesting. Your nice photo is one of them. Excellent photo work, superb composition, and very good POV. Well done.
snunney (104837) 2013-12-15 2:59
Your note is most useful, particularly the decryption of jaggery, a substance unknown to me, and its uses. Your picture shows the man and his wares to great effect and sets him in context. It is well lit and has good saturated colours and excellent sharpness. I also like the bicycles in the background suggesting how busy the market is. A fine contribution that matches the ideals of TE.
pierrefonds (69851) 2013-12-15 5:13
The vendor seem to be unhappy when you took is picture. The point of view is showing the items for sale. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
Noel_Byrne (33130) 2013-12-15 6:44
I've never heard of this product, so thank you for teaching me something new today! I would have thought this was a meat product! This is a great portrait scene, and the mans expression is excellent, he looks like is allowing the photo, but is not overly excited at the idea. This makes the scene very realistic and gritty. Very nicely done.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-12-15 8:01
Hello Farhat - This is a really interesting DL shot and your note is informative; I have learned a lot. I thought that jaggery was a palm sugar and used mainly as an ingredient in curries (I bought some in Thailand where it is used quite a lot). I didn't know that it is also used a a basis of a sweetmeat, the delicacies sound delicious and I'd love to try some. To see the jaggery seller and his product displayed like this shows a lifestyle and culture so different from our supermarket pre-packaged food culture and the rawness of the food has huge appeal to me. I love trying new things and this looks really tempting. An wonderful look at DL in India. Thanks. Warm regards Rosemary
Fis2 (104070) 2013-12-15 8:25
I like this daily life shot.
Good frame and composition.
Nicely delicate colors.
lousat (95982) 2013-12-15 10:49
Hi Farhat,very nice capture from this market,beautiful view on this man and his merchandising,very interesting note too about the jaggery,truly new for me,i never hear and seen before this special sugar.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
adramad (48472) 2013-12-15 14:21
A magnificent note, which serves as an introduction to this interesting and beautiful image, with all the authentic atmosphere of India, attracting a great POV seller in the foreground surrounded by his goods, bicycles as background are a great compliment.
Very nice colorful. very natural.
Sensational sharpness and brightness.
Good start to the week.
Nicou (148618) 2013-12-15 19:19
quelle scène et iamge de cet homme en train de vendre ces produits quelle compo et vue touchante et belle avec les roues des vélos superbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
delpeoples (59466) 2013-12-15 22:12
Namaskar dear Farhat
I had never heard of Jaggery before, so thanks to you I have learnt something new today. This is a superb daily life photo. The colours and contrasts are so rich and I love the way you captured this man, squatting by his wares. Wonderful work, thanks for sharing.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-16 1:46
nello sguardo dell'uomo c'è tutta la fierezza del lavoro che sta svolgendo e nello stesso tempo la rassegnazione per un'attesa del compratore che potrebbe essere anche molto lunga.
Attorno a lui solo confusione e tanta povertà e la presenza di un ambiente non proprio ideale per un mercato.
Piacevoli i colori molto delicati, quasi sfumati.
Ciao, buona giornata e buon inizio di settimana
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-12-16 6:29
hello, a nice daily life composition. I like the idle gaze of this man. Interesting subject. A bazar is always produce some nice composition. Like it.
ourania (49935) 2013-12-16 10:31
this picture could be quite old, I haven't found any clues that prove it was taken in 2013 and that's intriguing. It's an interesting daily life scene and portrait in working ambiance. The subject of the portrait is surrounded by a lot of attractive and informative details. We see everything with reference to him, though, as his direct glance and involvement in the photo are very significant. Light and colours are warm, clear and pleasing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Silvio1953 (150405) 2013-12-16 13:20
Ciao Farhat, an other fantastic daily life composition from you, great portrait of vendor, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jcpix (13930) 2013-12-16 16:21
Terrific photo, and a solid note to explain and further help understand the image. This has very much a real, true to life feeling about it...it's always nice to get a sense of the local tradition and culture, especially when it involves that human presence. A lot of interesting items to see here, you did a great job presenting so much, but not overdoing it to where it becomes confusing. I like this one a lot! Have a great day ahead.
Miguel82 (27658) 2013-12-17 3:07
Excellent report of that merchant selling traditional sweet Fabbs, good portrait, it's close to Nepal, Maithili area, nice hues and high resolution, Warm regards
williewhistler (16412) 2013-12-17 6:05
a fascinating glimpse of a traditionally dressed man in a traditional market.
The mans direct gaze gives a sense of drama to an interesting situation.
Cricri (123832) 2013-12-17 10:22
Intéressante note sur la nourriture de Inde, expression sérieuse du vendeur avec sa position et sa tenue typique, belle lumière et détails, très belle présentation
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-12-18 10:42
Very nice capture of this gentleman with a very determine look in his eyes. I like the lighting and it has nice details. Well done, tfs.
clic (17931) 2013-12-18 12:43
You show a much-interesting document about jaggery sold as 'pep vitamin' to be taken before arduous activities and let me tell you about all the energy manifested by my younger grandson after eating chocolate!!
I'm happy to discover the new substance and the exotic way to promote it.
nikkitta (17068) 2013-12-18 13:25
Never heard about Jaggery, good to know about it
Like, as you said, the expresion of the seller as well as the ambiance of the street market, with a frame given by the bikes
Like to see still people carring typical clothes
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-12-18 19:35
a very interested note accompanied by a very interesting picture!!
learning something every day at TE..
all the best wishes!!
ChrisJ (117199) 2013-12-19 9:41
A good daily life scene from this charismatic Indian market with good sharpness and excellent natural pastel colors. Good to capture some of the older style traditional costumes before they die out completely. Well framed and composed with excellent sharpness. Tfs!
COSTANTINO (68250) 2013-12-19 22:30
one shot is one thousand words
interesting capture with
have a nice week end
fds (9569) 2013-12-20 14:23
dear farhat another fantastic image with this jaggery vendor i licke very much this composition and very beautiful colors and clarity
great dear friend
adores (46305) 2013-12-22 17:33
A very good daily scene, this is really India! I like his formal pose looking at your camera and all the bikes and food they have to sell there, from the jaggery to the cauliflowers. Good note also!
mcmtanyel (27060) 2013-12-22 21:40
Bikes, bikes, and more bikes! An most unusual but interesting photo, TFS! The description for jaggery sounds delicious but I think I will pass on this gentleman's offering. I might it with more sanitary packaging.
drweizy (540) 2014-03-05 21:09
very good light and very good note. tfs, regards
- Copyright: Farhat Abbas (fabbs99) (17175)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S100
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-14 10:38