It is a very common practice in Southern India to serve food on banana leaves specially during weddings,festivals and other big functions.It is also to show respect to the guests mainly to the elders and make them feel at home. The leaf is washed before food is served.The food is eaten with fingers. Main food is rice, dhal(for protein), vegetables and sweets. Usually the food is served by clean clothed persons.
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jhm (141973) 2011-11-07 2:48
Thank you very much for your interesting note.
Nice daily life image with all these people at the festivity table.
Sharpness and clarity and colors are very well done.
BennyV (13905) 2011-11-07 3:02
Not that extraordinay photography-wise, no technical wizzardry, etc. - but this IS a great shot. The topic shows a great slice of daily life and the timing is very good too, showing the boy's gesture and some interesting expressions on the other faces too.
The foot under the table is an intriguing little detail here.
Thanks for sharing this shot & have a good week ahead.
snunney (87324) 2011-11-07 4:00
An interesting daily life image nicely complemented b your useful note. The point of view is well chosen to show the action and has good colours and sharpness.
jacquest (18863) 2011-11-07 4:17
Another fine daily life scene, vey colorful ans with excellent sharpness. I like the raised hand of the boy who seems to say "that's enough".
Have a nice day
chrislo (4155) 2011-11-07 4:20
Thanks to this picture and your informative note, I learned something very interesting about the way people have their meals in India. The least I can say is that it is a very ecological practice and a good mean to save money and dishes. I see people eating with their right hand, what about the left-handers ? In France, you share a pleasant moment of conviviality when you sit in a cantine or a restaurant. In India, nobody has a front neighbour to talk to and eating seems to be just a formality.
Thanks for letting us know about the culture and the traditions of your country.
bayno (18344) 2011-11-07 4:21
gentle Lakshmi , another nice picture of daily life and habits in India, I have eaten many times in banana leaf and in my opinion is much better of paper plates, less polluting and more pleasant, nice shot, warm regards, Valter
Sergiom (64011) 2011-11-07 4:39
Une belle manière d'éviter le lavage de vaisselle.Le jeune garçon semble vouloir dire qu'il en a assez.. La table forme une belle diagonale dans l'image , ce qui lui donne de la profondeur.
holmertz (43289) 2011-11-07 6:20
This photo brings me very strong memories from my first journey to India almost 40 years ago. I was a poor student travelling on a very tight budget, so in southern India "meals" was practically the only food I had, most of the times served on banana leaves. Then I got rather tired of it but returning many years later I realized how delicious this food could be, at least in slightly more upmarket restaurants.
So I watch this photo with great pleasure and enjoy the many fine details.
subhendu_bagchi (25935) 2011-11-07 6:37
a nice daily life. So colourful, nice moody atmosphere. It was a very common scene of our state also though it is now obsolete in towns. Excellent presentation. Tfs.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-11-07 7:40
An excellent scene of life, well coloured nad rich in various details very well collected. But here, I like especially the expression and the attitude of the young boy very well collected.
pajaran (53721) 2011-11-07 11:11
Vrlo interesantan trenutak sluzenja hrane na listu ...
Decak je zadovoljan kolicinom i kaze da je dosta, lepa fotografija.
Dobar tekst i novo saznanje o jednom narodnom obicaju, lepe boje.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
A very interesting moment of serving food to the list ...
The boy is happy and says that amount is pretty, beautiful images.
Good text and new information about a national custom, beautiful colors.
All the best in the new week, which has begun.
leo61 (0) 2011-11-07 11:17
I like this kind of food a lot.
Good shopt from this celebration,well composed with this man in his working pose.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-11-07 12:15
a superb daily life photo with interesting note and lovely details, very nice lights and sharpness, excellent timing, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
worldcitizen (7309) 2011-11-07 19:38
This is a very nice daily life scene. It is full of details that we can enjoy. I especially like the boy who is motioning that he has enough food on his banana leaf. :-) One man at the table is also looking right at you, and he doesn't seem very happy!
By the way, I sent you an e-mail recently, but I don't know if you received it with all of the TE problems. If you didn't, I will send it again.
wolf38 (31282) 2011-11-07 22:02
Hi lakshmi. Enough, says the boy. A beautiful and lively daily photo. I like the food served on green leaves. Well seen and presented. Rgds wolfgang.
Nicou (126322) 2011-11-09 1:06
Très belle scène et iamge de cette distrubution de repoas, comme on voit bien la couleur de la nourriture et le geste de ce juene fantastique iamge et compo.
bravo et amitié
josepmarin (57837) 2011-11-10 1:10
with this photo you show us the tradition of serving the food on banana leaves, in a scene caught with great spontaneity and freshness.
I like the attitude of the boy who says "thanks, it's enough" with a very concise hand gesture, while the man serves him the food.
A good work with the light and with the quality of the colors, in a very sharp image.
ikeharel (60401) 2011-11-11 0:59
Neverr had I eaten a meal on a banana-leaf, Lakshmi.
Nice the face's expression collected, good lighting managed, colors also.
You had been under watch...
kato (11630) 2011-11-14 1:50
You're capturing well lunch scene by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive and interesting to see traditional food style of south india. It's interesting in big banana leaf on plate and a wisdom for global environment.
And, you catch well the moment of people who hold out and wait to eat.
baddori (19997) 2011-11-22 22:42
Il film "Passaggio in India" quello del medico e del pranzo che deve offrire alla sue due signore inglesi ospiti .
Affascinante India cosi attenta dove noi siamo "distratti" o forse "cinici" e non vogliamo interrogarci.
Ottime le tue foto che fanno entrare dentro la realtà.
jmdias (57543) 2011-11-28 5:58
very nice image of the daily life in india. excellent light, very sharp image, full of informations. nice note and perfect framing. TFS.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-03-10 17:44
Hello Dear Lakshmi!
We used to wrap some of our foods with natural leaves, but unfortunately they are now replaced by plastic imitations. Here in the photo, the people are being served with genuine leaves. The image depicts skilfully a scene in which the people at a festivity wait patiently for their turn. The young gentleman is politely raising his hand and asking not to be served too much. This photo is like a group portrait. The diagonally positioned scene, from the upper right-hand corner down to the lower left-hand corner, the view flows very smoothly like the serving of the meals. You must have blended in with the group ever so naturally, the people’s acceptance can be well felt, this is a very nice daily life captured with very realistic eyes, and a very rare moment too. The atmosphere of the scene is nicely presented.
With my very best and kind regards,
Have a very pleasant evening, Lakshmi