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Memories of India #3

Posted by
: Helen : (Helen is photographing in Melbourne,, Australia) on 20 December 2014 in Lifestyle & Culture.

In response to a few questions posed in comments I am posting the following information.

In ancient times in India Kajal or kohl, made from principally from soot and other ingredients, has been applied to the lower eyelid. In modern times, it has become more of a makeup fashion statement for women, however in past times men and children would have it applied also.

Originally a treatment to protect against eye ailments, it has attracted a range of purposes/meanings over the centuries such as protecting the eye from the sun's glare, protecting against the evil eye or bad vibes, as well as, mothers applying it to their baby's eyes to protect them or to strengthen their eyes.

Canon EOS 40D 1/125 second F/9.0 ISO 400 32 mm

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Devi from Chennai, India

Typical lovely kids..eyes darkened with colliryum....

20 Dec 2014 5:14am

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

Nice candid shot.

20 Dec 2014 5:21am

Tomix from landerneau, France

Beautiful portraits...Great intensity in their eyes.

20 Dec 2014 7:44am

omid from mashhad, Iran

:)
very nice portraits!
such beautiful frame, colors, lighting & textures!
Lovely !!!!!

20 Dec 2014 9:52am

corpusmind from Besançon, France

Very nice shot ! and so friendly kids !

20 Dec 2014 11:32am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

Amazing, do they use something in their eyes?

20 Dec 2014 12:34pm

Tataze from Bourgogne, France

les regards sont touchants

20 Dec 2014 6:17pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

gorgeous eyes! fine portrait

20 Dec 2014 8:18pm

Maxine from Christchurch, New Zealand

Love this one!well composed,very interesting. Why the dark around the eyes?

20 Dec 2014 9:08pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a very nice shot. It would be interesting to know what they were thinking. It will be one of life's unknowns.

21 Dec 2014 2:01am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh génial les yeux

21 Dec 2014 9:42am