This man sells FUCHKA.
Fuchka is a street vegetarian food. This food is spicy and tangy, chutney made of tamarind, mint or cilantro. Fuchka have a base of flour that is fried together with a stuffing of mashed potatoes and chickpeas.
Fuchka or gol-gappa is a hot favorite in different parts of India. The North Indian name Gol-gappa (Gol = round) describes its round shape, while the West and South Indian name Paani-Puri (Paani=water Puri=inserted) relates to its substance, fried balls stuffed with chickpeas, dipped in tamarind water and served on leafy bowls. The East Indian name Fuchka indicates the tactile sensation of squishing this pungent delight while swallowing it whole.
This man sells the food 5/Rs.2. In US$ 1 one will get 120 of them. He everyday sells stuffs of Rs.300 (US$ 6.5) and earns Rs. 150 (US $3) after leaving production cost apart. He maintains his family of three (wife and a daughter) by this money. I joined him outside a school gate. And I found him utter happy with his profession and life. His only dream is to build up the career of his daughter who studies in a nearby high school. The man was proud to declare that his girl secures first position in her class. This man is an average Indian who believes in the philosophy of "plain living and high thinking".
PS : I am invited to his house to spend some time with his family. I am planning to go there next Sunday.
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avis2avis (4264) 2004-10-11 6:51
Oh... how I yearn for some of those. Fuchkas as they make them in Kolkata are not to be found anywhere else in the world. I detest the ones we get here in north India :). A very nice TE shot Kausik. Good that you included that note to go with it.
clodreno (0) 2004-10-11 7:22
I didn't know the name of those small balls. I tried them a few time. This is a nice angle you chose..
Your note is excellent, really.
arnabchat (7233) 2004-10-11 8:04
try some other Fuchkawala next time, preferably someone less modern, more traditional, with the stand made of bamboo strips, the red cloth. nice shot though.
christina (2040) 2004-10-11 8:08
I enjoyed reading the note about this man and his life! Thank you for sharing! Since you know him and he is in a fixed place on a daily basis, perhaps try photographing him in different light and from a different angle. I would love to see more of his face!
oochappan (16582) 2004-10-11 15:40
You are on the run now with this high quality streetscene in a very good composition, clear colors, perfect contrast even in the shades and a simply perfect framing, even not necessairy for such a good photo. The subject is typical Indian and straight up to the reality, that's what TE is all about and you feel that you are engaged with your subject, not often seen on TE. Great example for your fellow country-men to show a typical India today.
sn00zie (2384) 2004-10-12 10:58
yum... i want to have some myself... nice street shot Kausik
rabani (9645) 2004-10-15 2:29
Namaste Kausik. I am also a believer in plain living and high thinking, in a sort of contemporary way. In Malaysia, we have a saying which means, the bigger your rice pot, the more hard crust you have. In Malaysia, we have street peddlars just like him selling cakes and sundries. In fact with them life is so much easier.
Rockyboy (20598) 2004-10-15 19:11
Very good composition of this Fuchka seller. Nice to read the note of the daily life of this man. A good picture in the TE spirit!
carmem_busko (3718) 2004-11-19 0:30
Nice street scene, very good note.
IMHO, a little overexposed.. but the lightig conditions weren´t good.
I made a workshop, hope you like it.
sayzey (2358) 2004-11-22 10:02
Great description, I never knew what they were! I must admit that I was attracted to this shot because of the name, its phonetic meaning seems to be something different over here if i am reading it correctly.
Maybe I am being childish, but without that title I may not have had a closer look at your photo!
It seems that this man is kind and gets on with life content with his lot, I wouldnt say that was true about the western world at all, nobody is ever happy with what theyve got. We have a lot to learn from men such as this!
Good photo, it made me think, and made me learn! Good luck with your aspirations of teaching!
harisman (198) 2004-12-11 13:00
I like this picture. Although you grabbed the picture from his left side, it's enough to explore this old man expression. Strong enough to replace the expression which taken from his front.
But I think you need to decrease a little headroom of this picture. There are too many open space above this old man.
Anyway, I would like to go to India sometime. Right now, I'm expecting a news, soon, from a voluntary program in Nepal which I signep up. Hope I'm elected to join the program. Hope so.
- Copyright: Kausik Das (kaud) (1840)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-10-09
- Categories: Food
- Camera: Kodak easyshare CX6200 digital
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/111 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2004-10-11 6:23
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