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“You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.” – Bette Davis

Met these kids in the alleyways of Badami, a small tiny historical town in rural India.

There were open drains, a little wild-life in the form of pigs and a few stray cows trying to find their way out of the labyrinth of gullies …. in short it was not the most hygienic or affluent of locales. The people poor.

And then there was them.

Never seen such pure unadulterated happiness … for no apparent reason. Their expectations were adjusted a lot earlier (and without them knowing who Bette Davis was either).

Nikon D300
Nikkor 18-55 VR @ 18mm
f/3.5 @ 1/90 secs
Hoya CPL

Badami, Karnataka, India


  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetalmost 4 years ago

    Aaawww!!! What a great shot! Love the angle, the character given by the 18mm focal length, and those faces!!! A cute bunch, for sure!

  • Thank you so much Jo … took this pic and it left me smiling for quite a while.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Akash Puthraya
    Akash Puthrayaalmost 4 years ago

    Amazingly captured! :)

  • Thank you so much Akash – really pleased you like it.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • anisja
    anisjaalmost 4 years ago

    Nice capture and a beautiful smile.

  • Thank you so much!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • anisja
    anisjaalmost 4 years ago

    Love your comment and a name.

  • So happy it touched you. Thanks for taking the time to read.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputalmost 4 years ago

    Wow! Fantastic shot my friend… This is what i was talking about! Instant fave for sure!

  • Yay!!! Thank you for that virtual kick on my a$$.
    I had a lot of fun shooting last weekend …. this one was the most fun!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Appel
    Appelalmost 4 years ago

    Oh, I love the perspective!!! It is amazing how people who have what we would consider nothing, act like they have everything! I discovered the same thing when I was in Romania. Part of me figures they have what counts, family and love but sometimes I can’t help but wonder if what they are showing in public is different than what they are in private?
    I also find it extremely interesting that similar poor children are not like that here, in the US. I think there’s a huge difference in just being poor or being poor because of alcohol/drug problems in the family.
    Ok, I’m done thinking out loud! :-) Hope at least some of that made sense!
    Great image and definitely a fav!!!

  • Thank you so much my friend.
    I can totally get what you say and it made a lot of sense. I spent a lot of time in this area (2 days) and I can say that these kids and the others around them were most definitely happy (seen from afar). But you’re right – there is a BIG difference in just being poor and being made poor. Thank you for your thoughts on this.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome happy capture Vikram.

  • Thanks Don – pleased you like it!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 4 years ago

  • Miron Abramovici
    Miron Abramovicialmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Miron!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • EveW
    EveWalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot

  • Thank you so much … I see you’ve been to India (up north from the look of things).

    – Vikram Franklin

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