Pondicherry: some street side portraits

A man enjoys the company of his best friend who is a tea stall owner. He's the regular here.

A man who looked like a daily wager at a street side tea stall. He seemed like a regular here.

Pondicherry street-portrait 3

Pondy is a shoppers paradise. You can spend a great deal of time in the charming little shops  dotting the cobbled streets, except those with strict siesta timings.


Government healthcare is not for everybody. Or at least that’s what I was thinking looking at this bent man.


The owner of the house sits at the doorway facing the street, reading the news of the day, That way he knows what’s going on outside his house as well.

Pondicherry street-portrait12

Pondy is about cycling. It’s really the best way to go around town. Time takes another meaning here.

This is the land of the Mother Mirra Alfassa, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. Though she arrived here in 1914 and died in 1973, she is very much alive through the ashram she founded in the city.

This is the land of the Mother Mirra Alfassa, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. Though she arrived here in 1914 and died in 1973, she is very much alive through the ashram she founded in the city.

pondicherry street photography

The evangelical missionaries make one of the oldest connections between Pondy and France, dating back to the 1700’s.

Its been sixty years since the de facto transfer of French territories to India. Today, November 1st 2014 is the first time the city will celebrate its Liberation Day on the lines of Republic day and Independence day as directed by the Government of India. These were shot in June though.

About shabnamphoto

I'm a graphic artist with a passion for photography. I like to tell a story with my pictures. Sometimes a picture may speak on its own and at other times it may need an explanation. I'm intrigued by the ordinariness of life and enjoy documenting my life in the light and shadow of what surrounds me. Be it people, landscape, flowers, architecture or birds, the camera helps me see what I wouldn't with my naked eye.
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20 Responses to Pondicherry: some street side portraits

  1. I am sure that I would enjoy strolling about the different quarters of this place and I would also learn a lot by talking to and listening to those people.


  2. Dilip says:

    Enjoyed the random shots of quaint and beautiful Pondicherry (Puducherry). Quite different from a typical Indian town and with unmistakable traces of French culture. My stay in Auroville of course was unforgettable 🙂

    Nice post.


  3. That’s a very nice set, Shabnam! Third one is my favorite!


  4. I really love that first portrait.


  5. I think the best way to photograph a place is to take pictures of everyday people going about their business. Some really nice shots you have captured here Shabnam. Looking forward to see more.


  6. Rondje says:

    Great to see all these diverse people, really tells a story of this town.
    Agree with Harrie, 1st and 3d are great, but I like the 4th as well and the others are definitely telling their own stories too…


  7. Tina Schell says:

    Interesting captures Shabnam – brings the town to life for those of us who may never see it!


  8. Nice and interesting pictures, and the story about the city and its liberation.


  9. ashokbhatia says:

    Nice one, again. Great photographs.
    Allow me to say that the 6th one does not really match with the narration. Those owing allegiance to Sri Aurobindo Ashram have a different dress code.


  10. Uttam says:

    I especially liked the old bent over man and the guy reading a paper in his doorway.

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  11. Nice set, Shabnam; first and third are fav..


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