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I was driving early in the morning before sunrise on the road from Varanasi to Bodh Gaya and at a few miles before the border of Bihar I saw a little akhara lost in the fields near Sakalhida, a village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
An akhara is a place where Indian wrestlers practice their training.
I took a few pictures of those pehlwans covered with mud who looked like the heros from the recent movie 300, those Spartan soldiers who attempted to repeal Xerxes’s invasion.
This young man seemed to be the champion of the gym, he was shy, I had to make him laugh in order to make him feel easy with the camera and later he enjoyed to see his portraits on my camera screen.
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