The Many Faces of India

What kind of face comes to mind when you think of India? Look at an array of Indian faces that represent the diversity of India’s colors, moods, expressions and circumstances and take your pick of the one that best defines India in your imagination.


An Indian pupil, cheek decorated with a patriotic message, participates in the country's 67th Independence Day celebrations in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad, on August 15, 2013. Premier Manmohan Singh warned Pakistan August 15 against using its soil for "anti-India activity", following a fresh escalation of tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours over a deadly attack on Indian soldiers. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

The Many Faces of India

A college girl gets her eye painted in tri-colours of India's national flag on the eve of the country's Independence Day celebrations in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

The Many Faces of India

Indian school children perform during celebrations on the eve of Independence Day at India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post on August on 14, 2012. Pakistan celebrates Independence Day on August 14 and India on August 15. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU

The Many Faces of India

A man paints the tri-colours of India's national flag on the face of a supporter of veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare on the first day of Hazare's fast against corruption in New Delhi, July 29, 2012. Hazare began his fast on Sunday to demand a bill, the Lokpal, for creating an autonomous, powerful anti-corruption agency. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

The Many Faces of India

Hindu devotees play with colour during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple on February 28, 2010 in Vrindavan, India. The tradition of playing with colours on Holi draws its roots from a legend of Radha and the Hindu God Krishna. It is believed that young Krishna was jealous of Radha's fair complexion since he himself was himself very dark. After questioning his mother Yashoda on the darkness of his complexion, Yashoda, teasingly asked him to colour Radha's face in which ever colour he wanted. In a mischievous mood, Krishna applied colour on Radha's face. The tradition of applying colour on one's beloved is being religiously followed till date. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

The Many Faces of India

Indian cricket fan, Sudhir Kumar painted in the colours of the Indian flag, and player Sachin Tendulkar's name on his chest, during the 2011 ICC World Cup second Semi-Final between India and Pakistan at Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium on March 30, 2011 in Mohali, India.


A Hindu holy man stands in the backdrop of a tent during the annual Magh Mela festival at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, some hoping to wash away sins and others to secure a fine spouse during the month long festival. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Many Faces of India

A student with a painted face participates in a peace rally to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Mumbai August 6, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

The Many Faces of India

Five-year-old Joshiya carries a metal pitcher filled with water from a near-by well at Badarganj village in the western Indian state of Gujarat August 5, 2012. Armed with the latest monsoon rainfall data, weather experts finally conceded this month that India is facing a drought, confirming what millions of livestock farmers around the country had known for weeks. Picture taken August 5, 2012. To match feature INDIA-DROUGHT/ REUTERS/Ahmad Masood


An elderly woman begs for alms on a roadside in the old part of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)


A girl, color smeared on her face, looks on during "Holi" celebrations in Calcutta, India, Saturday, March 3, 2007. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Sucheta Das)

The Many Faces of India

An Indian farmer looks on during a protest against land acquisition in New Delhi on August 3, 2011. Dozens of farmers assembled at Jantar Mantar during the protest led by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Kisan Morcha. AFP PHOTO/Sajjad HUSSAIN


Indian kids smeared with colors look on as they celebrate 'Holi,' the Indian festival of colors, in Calcutta, India, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. The festival also marks the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Sucheta Das)


In this Monday, July 25, 2011 photograph, an Indian artist gets make up before a performance during a procession of "Bonalu" festival in Hyderabad, India. Bonalu is a Hindu folk festival of the Telangana region in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A)


Baba Ramdas, 58, sports a turban in the colours of the Indian flag, that he claims weighs 3.5 kilograms and is made out of 81 meter long cloth at the annual cattle fair at Pushkar in Rajasthan state, India, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. Pushkar is a popular Hindu pilgrimage spot that is also frequented by foreign tourists who come to the town for its annual cattle fair and camel races. The eight day long fair began Sunday. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)


A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, smiles into the camera on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad, India, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Many Faces of India

An Indian fan celebrates the wicket of Shaun Marsh of Australia during day one of the First Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)


Rani Verma, 40, grieves the loss of her father-in-law in a train accident as she waits for his body outside a government mortuary in Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh state, India, Monday, July 11, 2011. Rescue workers pulled more bodies Monday from the mangled wreckage of the Kalka Mail passenger train that derailed in northern India. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)


A Nanga Sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man with his face smeared with holy ash exhales smoke after puffing marijuana at a transit camp on the way to Gangasagar, in Calcutta, India, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010. Pilgrims started pour into the city to take a holy dip at the confluence of River Ganges and Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of Calcutta, on the auspicious day of Makarsankranti on Jan. 14. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)


In this July 23, 2011 photo, an Aryan Brogpa woman in traditional outfit smiles at Darchik, in Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir state, India. The Brogpas, or Dards or Drokpas as they are also known, claim to be pure-blooded Aryans and have been subjects of study and debate of historians and researchers. Brogpas, numbering over a 1000, reportedly practice polygamy and polyandry and are prohibited from marrying outside their community to preserve their racial purity. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)


A young Indian rag picker looks for recyclable spare parts at an automobile yard on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Wednesday, March 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)


An leprosy infected woman waits for her turn to be treated by the volunteers of US based Arpan Global Charities (AGC), a medical volunteer organization, in Amritsar, India, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. AGC provides free medical services to the medically underserved populations of the world. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)


Hindu holy man, applies Tilak, or Vermillion paste after taking a holy dip on the banks of the River Ganges on the occasion of Guru Purnima or full moon day dedicated to the Guru or masters in ones life, in Allahabad, India, Friday, July 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)


A widow waits for food at a home, in Vrindavan, 160 kilometres (100 miles) south of New Delhi India, Tuesday May 9, 2006. In India, for all of its recent modernization and openness to foreign cultures, being a widow remains one of the worst stigmas a woman can endure, and women are far from equal here. When her husband dies, the widow often becomes a pariah, excluded from family gatherings for fear the mere fall of her shadow will bring bad luck and tragedy. In the North, many journey to the holy cities of Vrindavan and Varanasi, where they beg, and are paid a pittance to recite prayers in the temple. Indian-born director Deepa Mehta's movie "Water," depicts the harsh treatment of Indian widows in the 1930's. Mehta who was forced to shift the shooting of a film from an Indian town to Sri Lanka after aggressive protests by Hindu nationalists, says Indians are scared of questioning their traditions. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)


A relative of a member of the Gujjar community, a lower caste, who was killed when shots were filed by police looks on near the dead body, unseen, at Bayana town in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan state, India, Thursday, May 29, 2008. Gujjars blocked major roads, burned car tires, and threw stones at police in several areas around New Delhi on Thursday in a continuation of protests in the country's north and west that left 39 people dead. Members of the Gujjar tribe threatened to shut down the capital unless the government agreed to reclassify them as members of the lowest caste so that they can benefit from government quotas. (AP Photo/Aman Sharma)


A Kashmiri woman shelters her child from the rain by covering him with her veil during a heavy downpour in Srinagar, India, Friday, Aug. 4, 2006. Kashmir valley witnessed heavy rainfall Friday. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)


A Kashmiri Muslim woman, with henna on her hands, grieves during the funeral procession of Indian Army soldier Shabir Ahmed Malik in Dab, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) Northeast of Srinagar, India, Tuesday, March 24, 2009. Malik was killed in an ongoing battle which has claimed seven other army soldiers and sixteen suspected rebels, Lt. Col. J.S. Brar of the Indian Army said. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)


Ganesh Laal, 50, with his face painted to resemble Hindu monkey God Hanuman, looks on at Pushkar, in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005. Pushkar, located on the banks of Pushkar Lake, is a popular Hindu pilgrimage spot that is also frequented by foreign tourists who come to the town for annual cattle fair and camel races. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)


A girl quenches her thirst with water droplets from a broken pipe in the eastern Indian city of Siliguri, Thursday, March 22, 2007. World Water Day is being observed across the world Thursday. (AP Photo/Tamal Roy)


Kashmiri Ghulam Mohammed Matta looks on after he was beaten by police during a demonstration in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006. Hundreds of Muslims shouted slogans against the government after they were denied travel permits for the annual Haj pilgrimage, reportedly because of an administrative miscommunication. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)


A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man reacts after a boy, only hands seen, rubs colored powder on his face during "Holi" celebrations at Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, Saturday, March 3, 2007. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)


A Hindu Holy man, Bal Mukund Brahmchari, 82, looks on after applying a paste of sandalwood to his face in Allahabad, India, Friday, March 30, 2007. Sandalwood paste, besides being of religious significance, helps in cooling the body temperature. With the onset of summer, different parts of India have started experiencing heat wave conditions. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)


An Indian girl with her face covered with colored powder looks on as she celebrates Holi, the spring festival of colors, in Calcutta, India, Saturday, March 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Sucheta Das)


An Indian girl reacts as others throw color powder at her as part of celebrating "Holi" in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, Feb .27, 2010. The festival also marks the coming of spring. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)


An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard during curfew in central Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. Leaders of India's main political parties debated Wednesday whether to ease harsh security laws in Indian-controlled Kashmir as the government searched for a strategy to end months of increasingly violent protests in the region. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)


A sadhu or Hindu holy woman paints vermilion on her face during Ambubasi festival at Kamakhya temple, in Gauhati, India, Saturday, June 21, 2008. The Ambubasi festival will start on June 22. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)


A Brahmin boy with his face smeared with ash smiles as he performs rituals on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad, India, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. Brahmins, or Hindu upper castes, believe that performing rituals on this day will wash away their sins. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)


A boy dressed as Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and regeneration, looks on as he begs for alms on the banks of river Ganges in Allahabad, India, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)


A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, reacts after an area was allowed to him for setting up his tent for the upcoming "Magh Mela" festival in Allahabad, India, Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. Thousands of people take holy dips at the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati during the month-long fair that begins later this month. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)


A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man prays after taking a holy dip in the River Ganges in Allahabad, India, Saturday, April 1, 2006. Hindus are observing the nine-days long Navratri festival, or festival of nine nights, dedicated to the three main Hindu Goddesses Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati, that began March 30. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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