Photographer's Note

Beedi, the cheapest pleasure for rural smokers, are filled with tobacco flake and wrapped in a tendu leaf tied with a string at one end. Owing to its cheaper cost, Beedi is widely used by the rural population. In India, Beedi consumption outpaces that of conventional cigarettes, although these tobacco-filled leaves deliver more nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar and carry a greater risk of oral cancers.
This picture was taken at Pushkar market place (not during the Pushkar Fair but back in 2009) where I found this man with his piercing gaze having a smoke as the last rays of the sun fell on his face.

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Additional Photos by Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3140 W: 281 N: 5210] (19779)
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