20. Buttermilk Seller , Karnataka, India

Mahakuta in the southern India state of Karnataka is a lesser known treasure house of exquisite Hindu temples built between the 6th-7th CE. These temples were constructed by the early kings of the Chalukya dynasty of Badami.

It was an extremely warm day when I stopped to get directions at the bus station which also served as a general information booth.  I met this young girl selling little earthenware pots of homemade cool buttermilk. This was simply delicious made from the local buffalo milk that tasted like ice cream ; I very rapidly consumed 3 or 4 such pots  and  just had to chuck  each 100% recyclable earthen pot into the patch of green .

There were a few people waiting for the local bus and I noted they were pulling this young woman’s leg in a good-natured manner. A shy smile lit up and transformed her face, the memory of which I had to bring to the canvas.

It appears that she was a local lass born in Mahakuta and had been married only 3 weeks ago. I noticed she proudly displayed the special necklace called the Mangalsutra worn by all traditional Hindu   women signifying they are married, the equivalent of a wedding ring in the West.  She was being teased about why she was back selling buttermilk within 3 weeks of marriage; did her husband not keep her busy enough?!

She giggled with outraged delight.


Original:  Oil on canvas ; 12x 16″ (305x 410mm); framed

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