Monday, 13 October 2014

The Faces Of Eastern Himalayas (Sikkim and Darjeeling) – A Photo Essay

Faces devoid of pretences

I simply love meeting people from different regions and communities. Since India is such a vast land, there is enough opportunity to discover new people in almost every part of the country. On my sojourn in Sikkim and Darjeeling, I met many lovely people. These people are innocent, hard-working and they seem to be quite content with life.

The most interesting part about coming across these folks is that they look quite different from the rest of India. So, it’s almost like exploring a foreign community within my own country!

Here's unveiling the Eastern Himalayan faces captured through my lens –

She's an oldie from Darap Village in West Sikkim. It was a fairy-tale scene -an old granny stood outside her hut and later invited me in for a cup of tea. She wondered why I wanted to take her picture, because she wasn't aware that my camera was eager to capture her royal and elegant looks.
He's a Nepalese man from Dilaram village in Darjeeling. He had lost his wife 11 months back and now he spent most of his time around his beloved's Stupa (grave). 
These are simple tea-pluckers from Darjeeling. Although they are underpaid and live difficult lives, they never forget to smile and extend love.
Darap village, West Sikkim - They are people of Limboo community, who are settled there for ages.
Mother-daughter duo - Baby is called 'Nani' in Nepali 
Gangtok, MG Marg - A Sikkimese lady in a typical Sikkimese attire. 
Darap Village, West Sikkim - A rural man engaged in his daily chore. Most of them work in the fields.
Ranka monastery, Gangtok - The younger lamas (monks) pose for me.
Darap Village, West Sikkim - A lady from Limboo or Lepcha tribal community. She was reluctant to show her tobacco teeth, but she grinned for my camera.
Darap Village, West Sikkim - These Limboo tribal people like to wear beautiful ornaments. It's part of their everyday life.

Do you like meeting people from different regions? Which photograph did you like the most?
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23 comments:

  1. Nice portraits and my fav - 'Gangtok, MG Marg - A Sikkimese lady in a typical Sikkimese attire. '

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    1. Thanks VJ :) Yeah, that lady was so keen to get photographed!

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  2. Beautiful pictures of beautiful people and places, as always. Just when I thought I had seen it all, there is always more world to explore :)

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    1. Thanks! :) That's true for every traveller! We can never explore enough!

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  3. Super pics, Renuka! Great experiences too. Perks of being a traveller!

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    1. Yup! I enjoyed interacting with these lovely people! They make you realize the true beauty of life.

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  4. These faces speak a million stories. Nice captures, Renuka.

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    1. Thank you! I thought these pictures are my best so far.

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  5. Stumbled upon your blog, must say good one! loved reading your travel stories and seeing your beautiful captures!
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    1. Thank you! Glad to have you on my blog. :)

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  6. Very nice pictures....North East people and hills are easily one of the most beautiful aspect of India.....

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    1. Yes, they are! North east is a country in itself - there is so much to discover and experience.

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  7. Delightful pictures. They speak much.

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  8. Beautiful, Renuka! You captured the essence. ;)

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    1. Thanks Petra! :) I tried my best.

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  9. I love people-watching, but am super-shy when it comes to taking photos of them. Your shots are fantastic - I love seeing all the character in their faces.

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    1. Yeah, I understand. It's important to build a comfort level with your portrait before shooting your camera at them :) It was very kind of these people to let me take their photos! I am so glad they came out so well.

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  10. Oh, how I love to watch people and even more so to meet with them. What a great collection of photos. I'm even more inspired to visit now.

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    1. Thanks! Yup, Sikkim and Darjeeling are great destinations.

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  11. Beautiful pictures of beautiful people!

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