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Pushkar, India 2008 by Tash  Menon

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Hinduism Vs Cricketism

Despite being from Pushkar- India’s most sacred city- the reaction of this charismatic shoe polisher when finding out I was from Australia consisted of:

“Ahhhhhhh, Australia!


….RICKY PONTING! SHANE WARNE!"(Australian cricketers)

It doesn’t matter where in India- be it north, east, south, west or talking amongst the rich, the poor, women, men, children, Hindus or Muslims; Cricket – is a craze here that is almost bordering on utter madness. However in some unconventional manner, this sport-that is slowly dying within its home nation England-still manages to unite the 1.1 billion people that make up this chaotic yet captivating nation.

When a cricket match is being played, the country comes to a standstill. It’s not uncommon to find the roads being deserted (meaning still twice as many cars on the road as any Western nation), weddings being postponed or even parliament going in for early closing.

So despite Pushkar being one of the premier pilgrimage destinations amongst Hindu’s in India, it is clear that the ‘cricket’ is equally a religion that encompasses a set of beliefs, practices and dedicated followers…. resulting in ‘Shane Warne’ somehow being considered as holy as the god Ganesh…..

^ Ricky Ponting + Shane Warne (Warnie) – Australian Cricketers


  • Danzo
    Danzoalmost 6 years ago

    Wow what a powerful portrait. You can see a whole life time of experiences in those eyes.

  • Jens Helmstedt
    Jens Helmstedtalmost 6 years ago

    Great portrait photo! Excellent!

  • Virginia Maguire
    Virginia Maguirealmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful face You’ve captured the man and his essence.

  • Tash  Menon
    Tash Menonalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for your comments Danzo, Jens and Virginia- he was an interesting man thats for sure!

  • John44
    John44almost 6 years ago

    Fantastic character shot of this Gent!
    Goes to my FAV list
    Bye Natashja..

  • John44
    John44almost 6 years ago

    Namaste ?!


  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful portrait! Captures so much character!!

  • Tash  Menon
    Tash Menonalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks John and Barbara! your comments mean a lot to me!:)

  • Wayne  Pearson
    Wayne Pearsonalmost 6 years ago

    Well done , a perfect image.

  • Thanks Wayne! Greatly appreciate it!! He was quite a character! x

    – Tash Menon

  • robarmstrong
    robarmstrongalmost 6 years ago

    Wow! Awesome portrait!

  • Thanks Robert!!

    – Tash Menon

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