November 2008, Nallamalla Forest, Andhra Pradesh.
With this the second part of the series on The Chenchus posted earlier comes to an end. You can follow the complete photo essay here.
The old man is the chief of the Chenchu hamlet Appapur which is inside a protected reserve forest. He was a very jovial person but behind his ever present smile I sensed a sadness caught as he and his people were between an overbearing government on one side and until recently far left radicals who used to threaten him and his villagers if they co-operated with the police.