Man with big moustache. A symbol of male prestige. A symbol of manliness. A random candid portrait in the streets of the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan (Jaipur, India).
Indian man with glasses. A shopmaker is waiting for customers in front of his shop at Mandi Bazaar, the popular market for freshly ground spices and herbs (Udaipur, Rajasthan, India).
A beautiful indian girl collecting plastic bottles for making some money after Sardar market in the square of Ghanta Ghar, also known as the clock tower of Rajasthan (Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India).
India is the land of contrasts. India is a beautiful country but the country with the highest population living below the poverty line. India is materially poor but spiritually rich.
India, you love it or you hate it.
Bath time in the step well. Three men take a bath in the clean waters of the restored Toorji ka Jhalra, the famous “baori” of the blue city of Rajasthan (Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India).
An elderly man wearing gold, silver and copper rings rests in front of the Sun Temple (Jaipur, Rajasthan, India). Ancient civilizations thought that some precious metals were represented by the Sun and some known planets.
A Rajasthani man standing and wearing a bright colourful orange and red turban at Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India).
The turban basically consists of a long piece of unstitched cloth, which is wrapped around the head. Each time, the wrapping is unfolded and tied all over again. The turban used in India is usually 5 meters in length.
A shadu with dreadlocks and long white beard smiles in the streets of Varanasi, also know as Benares (Uttar Pradesh, India). A sadhu is a mendicant holy person who has renounced the worldly life, practices asceticism and follows a path of spiritual discipline.
They typically live a simple lifestyle, have very few or no possessions, survive by food and drinks from leftovers that they beg for or is donated by others. Sadhus often wear simple clothing, such a saffron-coloured clothing, have their body covered with ashes from the cremation ground, have populated beards and long hair dreadlocks called “jata” in Sanskrit.