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The feminine of India (and the child, of course) walking through a crowded bazaar road in Nainital. I'm no feminist, but it doesn't take much to realize that the women of India have an unique sense of freedom. It may seem too reserved for western eyes, but this photograph and millions more are testimony to their sense of content. Perhaps it is the saree, perhaps even the traditional role as a mother in society, but the dignity, self-righteousness, and sheer cheerfulness of the Indian woman makes her unique in the diverse world we live in.

This photo was taken during a Pustak Mela (Book fair) in Nainital - the gem of the Himalayan foothills. The main subject for photography in Nainital is the splendid lake and the graceful sailboats crossing her sapphire surface. Nevertheless, I find the crowd that the place attracts far more fascinating. These travelers come from all parts of India to take a break from their daily lives and enjoy the mountain scenery. The carefree joy that ripples across the face of every Indian explodes in these popular vacation spots: people are laughing, playing, dining, shopping, boating (in general enjoying themselves to the fullest). The expressions and mood created by this crowd are priceless, and worthy of capture.

Panning is a particularly wonderful technique in such situations. Usually, groups of people can be selected by panning with them, blurring the background like in this image. This combination of motion and emotion creates a wonderful canvas for the photographer.

For more information about Nainital, see the Wikipedia entry.

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