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This is re-post of a photo from 1977 I first showed here in early 2010, now hopefully improved. It is among my favourite photos, not because it is so particularly good, but I really like the friendly and curious smile of the young saleswoman and the little girl's uninhibited laughter. I happened to see it again when I was looking through some old files the other day and thought I could make it look better.

I didn't make a new scan, but I adjusted the shadows and highlights to bring out more details of their faces, and also adjusted the hues for better skin colours. I also enlarged it and got rid of some noise. You can see the original version by clicking in the box to the right.

Here is a larger version.

Among those who wrote anything about this photo in 2010 or later, only three are still active on the site, so most of you have probably not seen it before.

Here are parts of the original note:

For more than 32 years (now almost 42 years) this woman has been smiling at me, and the girl laughing out loud. Now the woman is reaching old age and the girl is a middle-aged woman, but to me they will be sitting here, forever young, in a street of Ahmedabad city.

An Indian member, Mrugesh Thaker, kindly informed me that the black and white vegetables they were selling, and which I had never seen before, are called shingoda in Gujarati language. "They grow in the water. It is a tasteless vegetable. Most people eat them raw. Some others dry them and grind them to make flour and then they make bread". It is apparently a kind of water chestnut.

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