When I started out as a photojournalist, I would often have my then girlfriend accompany me on the field. There would be smiles where they were once cold rebuffs. Suddenly people would be deferential.
Shopkeepers would be solicitous, inviting us in to get a better composition. Street vendors would spread out their wares without prompting, and strangers would stop and stand and pose obligingly.
Even author Khushwant Singh improved his slouch when he saw her follow me into his house when I went to photograph him few years ago.
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