100 Strangers : Stranger No. 16

Meet my stranger no 16, Ate Beh from Potipot. By profession she is a cook and owner of a food stop and a small shop in Potipot. When I reached Candelaria (the stop for Potipot), I was very hungry and with the help of a good contribution of the super hot day made me dehydrated and tired. I was desperately looking for some food & a place to freshen up. At this very moment surprisingly I discovered a small shop just after taking the turn towards the ferry. Ate Beh welcomed me with a chilled coke and later some delicious crispy chicken with sticky rice.

The photo is from last year during my trip to Potipot Island, used my 40mm 2.8 lens. Beh is a busy lady, selling various items, cooking food for customers and is mother too. Believe me or not she cooked the lunch in front of me and it took about 15 – 20 mins at max. Before leaving I asked if I can take her photo to add in my strangers project. She smiled and replied “I am no more stranger to you, Am I ?”

My plan was to go to Potipot Island after having some food and rest for few mins. She even helped me to rent a boat in a very good deal. When I was taking her photographs she was busy cooking and suddenly looked at my lens and started laughing. Even though she was shy in front of camera, she didn’t forget to pose.

It’s been almost a year since I took this photograph. When I was writing about this post, looking at this photo, I felt like I am still at Potipot. I have finished the masarap crispy chicken with rice. Still can feel the shy smile of Ate Beh and those naughty puppies over her place. I am sure they are much bigger now. I am sure she is doing wonderful & helping a lot of lost tourists like me. Sometimes even though the photos are not that technically sound, it has some incredible nostalgia attached to it. Isn’t that true ?

About avirup

A software engineer by profession & a photographer by passion. Indian by birth, proud Bengali & hail from the City of Joy, Kolkata. Exploring various places, people & their cultures, lifestyles through viewfinder fascinate me a lot. I would like to define these photographs as my life journals, pieces of my life journey, my imaginations through lens.

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  1. Katinha March 16, 2015

    Ate Beh seems like very ispirational person. Besides being enterpreneur, she has time for being mother! Maybe you should go back and visit her again and take another photo? :D

    You are right, sometimes I prefer not to see some photos because they can make me a bit sad. :)

    Greetings from Mexico!

    • avirup March 16, 2015 — Post Author

      She is and may be I will. :)

      By the way, I guess you are in Mexico and I am really excited for some street photos of Mexican open market (taken by you, of course). I will wait. :)
      Wish you an awesome time there.


      • katinha March 17, 2015

        oh your guess is correct, I am in Mexico till Sunday! and I brought my Nikon with me, though not using it all the time. :D
        photos will come eventually. :)

        thank you avirup! and have a nice day! :)

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