indian man smiling - betel nut teeth (india)


I took this photo at a cattle market I stumbled upon on the road in West Bengal (India).­

All the local farmers were there to buy and sell livestock (often young animals).­ Most of them were Muslim.­ This is a portrait of one of those farmers.­

The orange color of his teeth is from chewing Betel nut.­ Betel nut is consumed by many people in India, as a psycho-stimulating and euphoria-inducing drug.­

betel nut headdress headwear man muslim west bengal
National Highway 34, Mahashunda, West Bengal 733143, India

I took those photos at a small cattle market I stumbled upon on the road near Mahashunda village in West Bengal (India).­

All the local farmers were there to buy and sell livestock (often young animals).­ Most farmers were Indian Muslims.­

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­