A young woman in a polka-dot dress was standing by a bamboo fence. She had dimples and was very pretty. When I took my camera and looked through the viewfinder, I saw her smiling at me with sparkling eyes.
The woman who had her ears pierced also had her nose pierced, like many women here around Malda. Her piercing was also on the left side, like many others. In India and other parts of South Asia, the left nostril is thought to be responsible for the female genitalia, so it is believed that having the left nostril pierced will ease the pain of menstruation and childbirth. If you look closely at the women with pierced noses in town, you will see that they all have a hole in their left nostril, just like this young woman. The woman I met at the market also had a piercing in her left nostril.
|Feb 2014 INDIA PEOPLE|
|MALDA NOSTRIL PIERCING PIERCE POLKA DOT SMILE YOUNG WOMAN|
February 1, 2014
CANON EOS 1V
EF85MM F1.2L II USM