Tomato Seller, Alleppey Town, Kerala, India

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5 responses

  1. Shopkeeper’s smile is awesome!!!
    This pic shows a pie of Dark happiness…
    Thanks for sharing….

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    June 26, 2022 at 9:41 AM

  2. One thing I always notice when I come back from trips to SE Asia: hardly anyone smiles here, let alone the happy laughter that your photos show.

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    August 8, 2022 at 3:05 PM

  3. Well, the smiles and laughter, at least some of it, comes from the fact that these photos of India are taken from New York City online on my computer as a native tour guide walks the streets of India or wherever, in real time with an I-phone on a stick filming everything as he or she makes their way down the streets. These are real time, live tours taken all over the world, 24 hours a day under the auspices of a British company called So in the case of the tomato seller I think the tour guide, Ashraf Challi, engaged him in conversation. Sometimes the people were already smiling among themselves. I snap well over a hundred photos on my computer and then see what works. In any case, I doubt if I would be smiling if I was starting the workday in 90 something degrees and high humidity at 6 or 7 AM and saw someone coming down the street with an I-phone on a stick filming or doing who knows what.

    So a lot of the credit goes to the tour guide. Ashraf Challi was the tour guide for the tomato seller. My Delhi photos were from a different guide on a street food tour but she had to walk through traffic to conduct the tour. It is not an easy job for the guides because they have to hold the phone and reply to comments made by the people on the tour. What is great about real time tours is that you are almost there with them. Anything can and dioes happen. The guides are paid by tip.

    I am interested that you found people did not smile in South East Asia. Do you suppose it is because you were obviously not a native? I don’t think so because in some of my photos the subjects were not smiling at Ashraf even though he was a native from Kerala.


    August 8, 2022 at 4:05 PM

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