As I was walking around Murshidabad, a man came up to me with a keen eye for a camera. I was walking around with my camera in my hand, which was a great way to pass the time for local people who have much time on their hands. But unfortunately, he didn't speak English or Japanese and I couldn't speak Bengali. The man who approached me spoke to me, but I couldn't understand what he was saying.
I suppose it would be more interesting if we could understand each other's language, but as I didn't speak Bengali at all, I had to use body language to communicate. In this case, my body language was to point the camera at him. When I pointed the camera at him, the man smiled slightly, showing his white teeth. The smile seemed to contain a rather bitter smile.
Bengali, also known by its endonym Bangla, is an Indo-Aryan language primarily spoken by the Bengalis in Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura, Assam's Barak Valley (lower Assam). It is the official and most widely spoken language of Bangladesh and second most widely spoken of the 22 scheduled languages of India, after Hindi. With approximately 228 million native speakers and another 37 million as second language speakers, Bengali is the fifth most-spoken native language and the seventh most spoken language by total number of speakers in the world.
March 26, 2013
CANON EOS 1V
EF85MM F1.2L II USM