Photographer's Note

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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