My peanut wala friend
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May 2007, East Gujarat rural town, India.
At the chowk (circle) in the middle of town he had a cart.
I met Mukesh, the mango juice wala (maker) on the main street in front of my hotel. In the afternoon he rolls his cart down to the chowk for his bus stop clients passing through town.
I hung out with Mukesh and later with Lala and Ibrahim for over a week right there at the chowk.
All this time I never noticed the peanut wala. So humble he just patiently and kindly served the passengers coming off the various buses crossing the dusty main road, on their way to another destination.
On the last day I stayed there, he came up to me and handed me a newspaper cone full of his roasted peanuts. I took a photo of him.
For me he is the face of India. Humble, kind and making an honest living.
Beautiful people, I love you.
Also by Etan Doronne
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