Smiley Faces in Guda Bishnoi Village, Jodhpur

24 Apr
Happy children faces

Photo credit : Danielal from

Last Sunday, I had this post about showing a picture from another photographer. It all started because I have accumulated credits for writing blog articles at Dreamstime. I want to make use of the credits and what better ways to use them than to download pictures from other photographers or illustrators. Those photos I can use for writing articles in this blog. The challenge is to write something about those pictures.

About that picture – in Danielal’s own words :
“The boys: We were in Jodhpur, the “blue city of Rajasthan”. From there a half-day trip to several very small rural villages was offered (called “Guda Bishnoi village safari”). Each village, consisting of not more than 3-5 huts each, produces something different. They are all organised, so one village produces for example carpets, the inhabitants of the other produce clay pottery, in one village the woman are knitting etc. Adjacent to one of the villages there was a group of boys playing cricket on a field. When they saw us foreigners, they ran over and asked a lot of questions (where we come from, what’s our names etc). It was a small conversation and we told them, that in our country we don’t know much about cricket. We asked for a picture of the team and they were very proud and happy to see themselves on our camera”.

Why this picture?
I remember well what it was like living in a village. Everybody knows everybody else. So when strangers come by, they are the source of curiosity. Children being children are not afraid to ask questions and may well follow visitors wherever they go. Those happy faces make me smile. What I see in this picture is unity. A favourite sports activity make friends out of strangers. Don’t know much about cricket but I do know it is a national sport in India. I did a bit of research of Jodhpur, India and Guda Bishnoi village.

Interesting facts about Jodhpur, India
– Jodhpur is also known as the “Blue City” – due to its distinctive houses painted bright blue around
the Mehrangarh Fort
– Another name for Jodhpur is the “Sun City” – bright and sunny weather all year, so appropriately named
– Jodhpur is located near the centre of Rajasthan state
– The old city is surrounded by a stone wall
– Handicrafts is a booming industry in the city and there are a number of tours going to the nearby villages

Interesting facts about Guda Bishnoi Village
– The village is about 25 kms from the main city of Jodhpur
– Guda Bishnoi Lake is a man-made lake – an ideal place to have a picnic, observe nature and wild life
– The place is steep in traditions, customs and tribal life

I am glad the villagers show visitors a glimpse of their culture, arts and crafts and heritage. The links below give a wider range of information if anyone wish to see more pictures and information of these places. From what I read, they paint pictures of vitality, great moments for photography and wonderful people.

Thanks for sharing your story, Danielal!

Danielal’s Profile
The Itch Mag
Guda Bishnoi Village

Google Map


Posted by on April 24, 2011 in photography, postaday2011, Travel


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6 responses to “Smiley Faces in Guda Bishnoi Village, Jodhpur

  1. Tracy Zhang

    April 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Looks like such a unique place – the boys look really happy too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. hasayang

    April 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Tracy and Marc! Don’t you want to smile along with the boys too?

  3. tranquil garden

    April 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    This tells me much of what I want to know. I shall certainly bookmark it. Do you know where else I can find info on this topic? Can you suggest any other topics I can search on? Are there any other sites giving out relevant info?

  4. hasayang

    April 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Hello Tranquil Garden. Well internet search engines are your best friend. With just a click, all the information is on hand. Just google away. Best of luck!


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