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Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

For this week’s photo challenge, I am posting some of the picture from street photography and photo walks from Mumbai. It mostly portrays the life of urban poor, daily wage earners and life in general on streets.

Worker at ship breaking site. Darukhana, Mumbai.

 

Clicked this somewhere outside the raey road station in mumbai. A cobbler sitting at his self made road side shop. I find this picture fascinating simply because the kind of look I see on the face of this man. As if he has strange sense of calmness in his being and about what he does, but looking at his eyes I found some contradiction and it seem to carry myriad questions about life and survival in the city of mumbai.

 

Home Bound | Young boy returning home.

 

Fish Vendor, Raey Road, Mumbai.

 

Worker at the casting factory at Raey Road, Mumbai.

 

After hard days work.

 

This is a common sight in Mumbai where you will find these young kids running tea stalls on a footpath or in a some corner of a busy junction. They run tea stall along with supporting home and not to forget the studies at night school. So much for that age !!!

 

No matter who you are, need to communicate is universal. | Worker outside his factory, busy on the call.

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Bombay Diaries – Vasai Fishermen Colony

Clicked at by-lanes of Vasai Fort, walking through fishers men’s colony, leading to the beach. Some one has painted a direction for the way to beach as there are many by-lanes around that area which all ultimately leads to the beach.

Fishing boat lying idle at beach.

This area is mostly inhibited by fishermen as most of them are engaged in the fishing business and so these sight of drying fish outside their home os very common.

Son of fisherman playing outside his home.

 

 

 

Faith

“…there is a God, there always has been. I see him here, in the eyes of the people in this [hospital] corridor of desperation. This is the real house of God, this is where those who have lost God will find Him… there is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray, I will pray that He will forgive that I have neglected Him all of these years, forgive that I have betrayed, lied, and sinned with impunity only to turn to Him now in my hour of need. I pray that He is as merciful, benevolent, and gracious as His book says He is.”

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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This was a lucky shot on one of the street shoot at Vasai Fort where there is large community of Catholics fisherman. This is a small cross on the trunk of a big tree on the road side. It looked so beautiful and never knew it will come out like this.

Postcards from Haridwar

Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus which is an important pilgrimage city in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. The River Ganga, after flowing for 250 kilometres from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri glacier, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwara.

I am posting here some of the photographs from a short visit to Haridwar.

Wooden toy shop on the streets of the city. These are small toy Dholak (two-headed hand-drum) on the display.

Streets of Haridwar | You will find such streets very common where there are many aashrams, temples side by side on a long stretch of a road.

This is one of the most common sight at the streets where you will come across plenty of saadhu’s (wandering monks). The north Indian land, particularly that of Uttarakhand is considered to be the land of mystic where many people keep wondering around such holy places in search of Moksha (nirvana) and devine knowledge.

Street side barber.

Scene from Har-ki-Pauri ghat at the time of Ganga aarti.

Devotee at Ganga aarti.

If you want to experience how the faith and belief of one of the biggest religion in the world (Hinduism) drive the human race in one of the biggest country (India) in the world, you have to visit the place and see it for yourself.

Additional Information: 

http://haridwar.nic.in/

http://www.euttaranchal.com/tourism/haridwar.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism

Alone in a crowd

दौड़ते शहेर का हिस्सा हु मै, हकीक़त में उलझा किस्सा हु मै |

य़ू आते जाते लम्हों में, भूली बिसरी यादों का हिस्सा हु मै |

हादसों के इस शहेर में, लम्हों का सिलसिला हु मै |

– Hitesh Patel

Clicked this picture at Fort (Mumbai) at very first outing with Mumbai Weekend Shoot (MWS) on 1st January 2012. The picture always reminds me of being alone in crowd and getting lost in my own world. 

India

India.

What does it mean to be living in a free country? Free to chose religion, faith, livelihood. Right to equal opportunities and justice. And in a way its relatively a subjective discussion. When a country is celebrating 65th independence day, it must have seen lot many ups and downs and along the way you expect it to be mature nation, specially when it represents 1/6th of humanity.

In last 65 years we have been through a lot. Wars, fiscal problems, ethnic riots, political crisis etc. Almost everything which a country can face. Even if you are a cynic, you have to agree that we managed these things and came out everytime we were pushed to the wall. It is also true that that all is not good and its a long way to go. Lest we forget its you and me who make this nation. Lets make an attempt, not for a day or two but times to come. Lets try and leave behind a nation better than we got.

Happy Independence Day