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There is always time for love Vidya Sury

Women are amazing. Especially mothers. No matter how busy, how exhausted, they always find time for love. Don’t you agree?

I see it all the time. I saw it in my Mom, my friends. And it is charming to see no matter what their status, women always find the time for their loved ones.

A few weeks ago, I went to the Karnataka Chitra Santhe, which is basically an open-air art gallery where artists display their work along the streets surrounding the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, one of my favorite haunts in my city. I make it a point to visit every exhibition there, because it is eye-candy, and I also get to see fabulous stuff. I even end up buying something.

So, the Chitra Santhe is a one-day event and sees millions of visitors from all over India. Artists register to be able to display their work and also see some amazing sales. Along with these artists, we have the usual support system of vendors selling snacks, tea and beverages and knick-knacks like beads, junk jewelry, and other interesting ware. There are artists sketching portraits for Rs.100.00, tattoo artists, balloon vendors, and just about any street stuff you can imagine.

Some of these vendors visit from nearby villages to make hay sales while the sun shines. Some of them travel overnight and hunker down by the roadside, anxiously waiting for the day to begin to see that spike in their income.

Since traffic is banned in the area where the art display is held–this includes all the streets radiating from the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, it is a real pleasure to walk leisurely, checking out the colorful sights that meet the eye.

I took close to five hundred photos that day, especially women at work, and the one that stayed in my heart is the one you see on top.

This colorfully dressed lady had her baby with her. Obviously a baby who enjoyed and wanted Mommy’s attention. She managed her “business” and baby serenely while the sun beat down.

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Her business is the beads you see spread on the cloth in front of her. These beads have numbers and letters of the alphabet. She strings words her customers choose. Her customers are people who want their name or message strung together into necklaces, bracelets, and other hanging ornaments. Nice keepsakes or gifts. Nice memories.

The lady also sells other items of jewelry as you can see. I am not sure how successful she was that day, but it was heart-warming to see other vendors helping her out by directing prospective clients to her “stall”. I always wonder what these people, who usually visit the city on these occasions, think of all the visitors who check out their ware, haggle and often walk off without buying anything.

But no matter what, she found time to cuddle her baby.

Because for a Mom, there’s always time for love.

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She wasn’t the only woman at work I saw. There were several more. All united in purpose–to maximize sales with the market that came to them that day.

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The balloon sellers, sashaying around in their lovely skirts dexterously through the crowd.

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The lady with the snack cart, boiling corn on the cob. She’ll then season it with magic masala and bring joy to the hundreds who eat it. She carries the raw material under the cart and stores extra corn at strategic points that are easy to access.

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The lady with the inflatable pillows to make the traveler’s life easier, along with laundry baskets, incense stands and a number of other products.

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All of them are hard-working, arriving early in the morning and staying until late at night. Gently cajoling their customers to buy, upselling, supporting one another. Almost always cheerful. Uncomplaining about late lunches and the lack of amenities, yet quite content to carry on with their simple lives.

Oddly, I did not see a single one of them using a cellphone that day. They probably had it tucked away somewhere, who knows! Perhaps that’s why they had time for each other and their babies!

I am linking up with Parul of Happiness and Food for the monthly WomenAtWork blog hop. Join us on the first Sunday every month!

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23 Comments

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    ElleSommer
    March 6, 2017 at 1:51 am

    What awesome images Vidya…you are quite the shutterbug dear one. As always I love your stories of your country and city and today of love. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us. 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      March 6, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Thank you, Elle! I think photography, especially of the world around me, keeps me sane most days! Hugs! It was delightful to see all the Mom-baby love that day!
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    Sandra Pawula
    March 6, 2017 at 6:33 am

    So much beauty in everyday life, isn’t there? Thanks for illuminating it, Vidya.

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    Parul Thakur
    March 6, 2017 at 8:39 am

    What a beautiful post, Vidya! These women are such an inspiration and I admire their perseverance. They are independent and work with such a pride. Many lessons to learn from them. Thank you for linking up and adding these lovely pictures. 🙂
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    Nabanita Dhar
    March 6, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Women are amazing. Sometimes I can’t thank my stars enough for being surrounded by wonderful and amazing women such as these in your images, Vidya. So inspiring these women are. Women juggle so many things and they need to take care of so much yet women it in them to love and love selflessly. Loved this post. Loved it more because of the first image in this post as I can identify with that. Love <3

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    Rachna
    March 6, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I loved the tales of each one of these women and brilliant captures too, Vidya. That picture of the mother and baby is striking.

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    Rajlakshmi
    March 6, 2017 at 11:45 am

    The picture of mom with her baby, is so heart warming. She must be working so hard to earn an income for her family. The jewellery items look impressive. So wonderful to see all these women trying to make a business. Beautiful post Vidya

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    Debbie L Hampton
    March 6, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Heart-warming thoughts and images. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    Vasantha Vivek
    March 6, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Beautiful and inspiring women. What a lovely way to celebrate the womanhood. More power to you, Vidya !!!
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    Richa Choudhary
    March 7, 2017 at 3:41 am

    We always talk about working women and the picture comes about those going to the office what about these women who have been working since childhood. Even they have kids, they leave them and come and still put up a smile on their face while working whether day or night. salute to them, salute to motherhood,

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    Birgit
    March 7, 2017 at 7:07 am

    This would be wonderful to walk around and see all the talented people. This brings back fond memories when my mom was selling her eggs that she created in the style of Faberge. I would always help her set up and then go to work. After work, I would come and see her and spend time with her since she would be in the malls or at a craft show on the weekend. I really loved my time with her and showing how talented my mom is…was. She always gave hugs and one never gets tired of that.

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    Obsessivemom
    March 7, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I love the colours in your post – so cheerful – just like the post itself, so uplifting. I loved that picture you shared on Facebook. The idea of a market like this is so enchanting. I’d love to go to one.

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    Mackenzie Glanville
    March 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    women are amazing, what a beautiful post with amazing colour both visually and in your words. Much love xx #candidcuddles

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    sampada
    March 7, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    A delightful post Vidya! The colorful pictures are a treat.

    Women do juggle a lot of things and no matter whats, they have an abundance of love to give. Your pictures convey it all.
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    Suzie Cheel
    March 8, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Vidya this is beaitiful, the images so inspiring and heart warming . I love the comment not a mobile in sight 🙂 xxx

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    Darla M Sands
    March 8, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Wow! I feel inadequate by comparison. Blessings to all.

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    Asha
    March 8, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Loved the narration and pics ! I missed Chitra Santhe this time 🙁 .. Otherwise I am pretty regular there.

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    My Inner Chick
    March 9, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    OMgosh,
    the photo of mom and baby is PRICELESS))))
    Love you more than babies! xxxx

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    Absolutely Prabulous
    March 11, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    There’s always time for love. WHAT A LINE! So simple and obvious yet many people can miss it in every day life. This line will stay with me. Fab pics too. Thanks for joining #candidcuddles again Vidya!

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