My co-passenger

‘My co-passenger’ is a new series in which I capture the portraits along with brief stories of intriguing co-travellers of mine during my journeys. This series will be shot only on my phone.

My co-passenger - 1:

Nagaraju is a farmer from a small village near Mandya, that is on the Bangalore -Mysore highway.
He was practising agriculture until 3 years ago, when there was a huge water scarcity which forced him to discontinue agriculture.
Now he has shifted to Bangalore and sells tender coconuts on Magadi road. Everyday morning he goes to one particular farm, climbs up the trees and plucks around a hundred tender coconuts. He sells them at his regular selling spot. He is now known among his loyal customers for fresh tender coconuts. The hundred or so coconuts get sold out by noon. Nagaraju has three teenage children.

My co-passenger - 2: The Mango Man.

Janardhana Raju is a farmer from Chittoor, which is in Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh. He grows 3 varieties of mangoes – Bagampally, Neelam and Totapuri, once every year. During the non-harvest season, apart from maintenance of mango groove he likes to travel and experience different agricultural places. When his finances permit him to.

My co-passenger - 3

The friendly Railway police constable who’s office is express trains between Mysore and Bangalore. He is much updated with current affairs. Had a tough debate about the country’s current political scenario.

My co-passenger - 4

Sometimes when I see faces lost in thoughts, I get intrigued in thinking who they are, where would they be from, what would their story be. A lot of times fictional stories evolve by just a glance at a face.

My co-passenger - 6 (1)

Sharanappa, a farmer from Bijapur was on his way to Mysore in the same train as mine. Unfortunately our train got delayed by 20 mins. And Sharanappa tells me “these railway people should go to Mumbai and experience the local to learn how to maintain timings!”

My co-passenger - 6 (2)

Family portrait of Sharanappa, a farmer from Bijapur, on his way to Mysore for a small trip along with his family.

My co-passenger - 7 (1)

Mr. Prasanna, a retired banker from Chennai. Him & his wife are visiting his son, who works at an IT company in Mysore. After chatting with him about the present banking system, demonetisation and life in general. I realised what a simple man he was.
The posture of his feet showed his humility.

My co-passenger - 7 (2)

Mr. & Mrs. Prasanna. Portrait of Humility.