The portrait is great. I would usually suggest brightening the eyes but this being a man from a culture different from mine, the difficulty in seeing his eyes reflects the difficulty in seeing into his mind.
Premachandran, excellent b&w conversion and can't find the words to express how much I like this image! I hope you don't mind my attempt to take care of his eyes. I made a second layer, dodged his eyes. I can remove my image if it's not welcome.
I agree with Charlie. The chef has to adjust the recipe to his/her taste. The utility of layers and saving in a file that retains layers is the ability to re-edit the layers later. I intentionally over-lightened, then lowered opacity to *my* taste. But I'm just a sous chef, not the chef!
Thank you mates for your critical comments. I personally do not like to manipulate the image too much. I do some tweaking in exposure, contrast etc, besides cropping. Moreover, I am not very good with layers. We all see things differently and I do agree with Charlie that the recipe has to suit *my* taste.
Very nice, Premachandran! I don't remember the color version (maybe I missed it) but I won't forget this B&W conversion. Great detail-the wrinkles in his face seem to tell a story. For the record, I like your original post. Even with the darkness around them, his eyes are still piercing.