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Mansinh Gadhvi…

Working as a guide at the Vijay Vilas Palace, a tourist place in Kutchh, Gujarat.

I have lived in Kutchh for 4 years and know how to speak Kutchhi a little… I was visiting this place when I just asked this man “Who is current King?”… I asked in Kutchhi…

And then it happened… This man, Mansinh Gadhvi, talked to me about the Palace, the kingdom and the history for almost an hour… By the time we reached to end of our talk, i was already past lunch-time… He so easily invited me for lunch at his home…

We were completely stranger a few minutes ago… and just by speaking a sentence in Kutchhi, we were familiar with each other…

Language binds people… and when people speak same language, they become familiar strangers

Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC – SuperZoom
1/125 Sec @ f/5.6
59mm – ISO 100


  • Sinclere
    Sinclerealmost 4 years ago

    Those eyes have seen much, great shot! Thank you for your submission into This That and the Other Thing!

  • Thank you so much Sinclere… certainly those eyes would have seen much… thanks again… :-)

    – Biren Brahmbhatt

  • Hélène David-Cuny
    Hélène David-Cunyalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture !

  • Thank you so much Helene… :-)

    – Biren Brahmbhatt

  • Hélène David-Cuny
    Hélène David-Cunyalmost 4 years ago

    A similar thing happened to me once in Beyrouth with a scowling taxi driver, as soon as he discovered I knew a small, remote village in Syria he was originating from… ;-)

  • ha ha ha… here’s an excellent example of Global Familiar Stranger… :-) Lolz…

    – Biren Brahmbhatt

  • NicoleBPhotos
    NicoleBPhotosalmost 4 years ago

    An awesome portrait and a great story to go with!

  • Thank you so much Nicole… glad you liked it… :-)

    – Biren Brahmbhatt

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