100 People. 100 Photos. 100 Stories

Stranger #03 – The Man with the Red Turban

The Stranger :

The Red Turban Sadhu

The Story :

Okay I have to tell you I have no great story this time. But in few cases such as this, isn’t the subject striking enough in its own right without the need for a story to make the portrait interesting?

Well it so happened that the morning was misty and it is a great feeling to wake up in a sleepy little village perched on some mountain slope in the Himalayas. But the thing is, the small pretty village with apple orchards was a far cry from being anything but sleepy. Bharmour was once a sleepy village as the old men told me. Being the starting point for the Manimahesh Yatra so stringently undertaken by thousands of devotees every year, the village has been the victim of the tourist influx and blatant commercialization that we know of. A small room can cost you anywhere between 500 – 1000 bucks. And at times the same small room will be shelter to more than 20 people at once. Well anyway someone is making a lot of money here and I should talk about how I met this person instead.

Srini and me went up to the famous 84 Lingas temple. It sure looked crowded enough leading us to believe this temple does hold high reverence in the local community here. The architecture was distinctly different from what we see down south and quite a few Sadhus were found around. While I scouted for some interesting capture, I spotted this man with this huge red turban. I was hesitating. Should I go ask him or not.

Now this dilemma also arises because of the equipment I have. I own a 18-55 kit lens and a 50mm prime. So if I want to take someone’s photo, I have to be literally standing in front of their nose to take the capture. Srini suggested me to go ahead saying he is an interesting subject. So i dared and went to him and I asked if I could take his photo. He did not budge neither did he seem to bother, just a slight nod to let me know it is okay. And I was still uneasy. I just took this one shot and fled from the scene. πŸ™‚

Good thing I asked him right?

Location – Bharmour, 7000ft, Budhil Valley, Chamba.

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5 responses

  1. Arti

    Hey Ne,

    Another nice pic.
    Wish he had a lighter background though.. The effect would have been startling with his red truban.. πŸ™‚

    — Arti

    December 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm

  2. Anu

    Good one! the turban tied at that rakish angle and still remaining there is great! guess it would be tied to a knot in his hair? I dont remember seeing posts about the temple, though… have to search for it now!

    December 9, 2010 at 1:59 pm

  3. ## rt – Thanks.. yea.. but what can I say.. I love Red! πŸ˜€

    ## Anu – I know.. the way the turban was tied got me interested in first place. I haven’t written anything about this temple yet.. this is part of a trek that I had done in Himalayas earlier in September. Will post soon. Thanks for commenting. πŸ™‚

    December 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm

  4. lovely portrait
    does not look the aggressive type πŸ™‚

    December 10, 2010 at 6:22 am

  5. so cool!

    December 13, 2010 at 11:37 pm

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