Strangers # 07 & 08 – Naughty kids who played cricket with lemon.
The lemon hit the floor and bounced up. He hit it hard enough.
I am still staring at them. It is yellow for sure. Is it a tennis ball or is it a lemon?
It was a lemon. The next kid hit it really hard. The lemon cracked and the end of the game. They were playing cricket. The ubiquitous game played almost everywhere in India using anything and everything as bat and ball. Now that the game was over, the kids found some time to stare the weird strangers who apparently came to look at the village.
Three of us were wandering around the village called Arekal Hosahalli. It was a Sunday and the kids were making good use of their school front yard. We asked if they’d like to be photographed and they started posing without a smile on their face, blatantly staring into the cameras. The frames weren’t that impressive and I gave up. But soon two more girls came and I went up to them asking if they’d like to be photographed. You’ll see them next. They obliged, meanwhile the rest of the kids came by and were more relaxed around us now.
The guy in the right, Tanush, I like his stare. There was sunlight falling on their faces and I liked it even better. I looked through the viewfinder and two things happened simultaneously – I clicked and meanwhile Yashwant, the naughty kid on the left with a cute smile, leaned in towards Tanush. The photo was perfect! Happiness and cuteness – the two things that kids personify!
Meet Yashwant and Tanush, the kids from Arekal Hosahalli, Hassan.
Yashwant has a cute dimple too.
They like cricket and their favorite cricketers are Dhoni and Sachin, no surprises there!