A lady with a wrinkled face can still exude a lot of joy and serenity. I was walking my way down, all 750 steps, to the Hundru falls , 30 km from Ranchi, when I saw this lady sitting by the steps. She was old and wizened, but there was this look of joy and mischieviousness on her face. Her hair a peppered mix of black and grey, wrinkles galore on her face, her arms heavily tattooed, wearing a colourful dress that somehow belied her age, she looked like the perfect subject for a portrait. I asked her whether I could take a photograph, and she said , ” Yes, if you pay me. ” I asked her name and she said, hesitantly ( probably she was not used to people asking her name) , ” Munno”. So I took a few shots of Munnodevi, impish smile galore on her face, clearly enjoying the attention. At the end of it, I handed her the promised money.
You can see how cheerful she looks despite her age. To quote Louis Nizar, “ A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art. ”
( Taken with Sony Alpha 58, f 5.6, Exp 1/160, ISO 400, digitally enhanched)