This is one of my favorite shots from the Mela, even though its not technically or aesthetically brilliant. The moment I spotted this man carrying this life size replica of a leopard, a bell rang in my head. I have been reading and watching a lot about man-eaters and man animal conflicts in different parts of India.
The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag by Jim Corbett mentions how cunning the leopard is while killing. Even though not as powerful as the Tiger, there have been instances of people being carried off by leopards.
And now, here I saw a complete role reversal, a leopard being carried by a man :-) I couldn't miss this shot and I ran at full pace to get ahead of this guy and managed to get a shot and story for all of you :-)
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