Mukesh, Mango juice maker & friend - East Gujarat, India

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I met Mukesh in 2007, it was hot May in East Gujarat. He ran his Mango juice cart moving it between the traffic circle and the bus stand of the small town.

I arrived to here by chance and stayed for 2 weeks making friendships that last to this day.

Mukesh, however, didn't have email back then and our ways never crossed again... yet.

He was a positive, cheerful and motivated person. On the first time I saw him and all to the day I left I always found it relaxing to be around him. We didn't have so much of verbal common language but he sure made me feel at home. Always offered some extra or free mango juice and alweays went along with my extras I brought to blend in: Banana, cardamon, clove, cinnamon (now I know these heating spices are not for consumption in summer).

Before I left he asked me to join him to a photo studio and paid the photographer to snap us together on the background of some landscape wallpaper, so he will have our photo saved with him.

Today, my friend Ibrahim from the same town had posted a photo of orange juice glass on Facebook and it brought me right back to Mukesh.

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Mukesh the Am pani wala - Mango juicer- chowk traffic circle stall owner - કેરી રસ ખરીદી Gujarat India Feature story photo -11

3 responses

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (30 Sep 2012):

    Good photo and fine tale.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (1 Oct 2012):

    Wonderful portrait, Etan. Mukesh has such kind eyes. Thanks for sharing this image and your story.

  • ROCIO GUILLEN

    ROCIO GUILLEN   gave props (20 Oct 2012):

    Beautiful story Etan, and a great portrait of your friend.

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