I’ve been traveling to India since I was a baby. I mean that literally. The first time my mom decided to take me there was when I was 6 months old. I’ve been back many times since and one thing that has always intrigued me is the paradigm between what sociologists refer to as the haves and have nots. The entire country is covered with have nots and they are truly the majority. India is home to one of the biggest slums in the world. What people sometimes don’t realize is that the disenfranchised are not kept in a little area where they can be ignored and forgotten like in many parts of the world. Their evidence is everywhere to be seen by all. Even to this day, with as many advances as India has made financially, it is an impoverished country. No matter how nice a building you may live in, when you exit your safety gates the reality hits you. And everywhere tourists exist, so do those that rely on their charity and they know just how to ask for things.
This picture is just that. A group of entertainers, children and adults alike, are a common site. Some will sing or dance for you, others have more extreme tactics. But these kids put on a true folk song and dance and knew that any pale skinned woman carrying $2000 worth of camera equipment and a big bag is certainly going to feel obligated to hand over at least a few rupees. This may be one of my favorite shots from this specific trip.