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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

This weeks wordpress weekly photo challenge is Solitary. I am posting a photograph from one of the street shoot at Mumbai.

The Flora Fountain area around Churchgate station at south Mumbai is famous for second hand book stall on the street. This is the area where you can get used books on almost any genre, category at reasonable prices. If you are lucky and try enough, you might end up getting some rare, vintage and out of print books also.

This man sells the book on the same area and is immersed in the book himself, aloof from the surrounding.

Organised Chaos

I always think of cities as organised chaos and being born and brought up in one of the Asian metropolis, I have seen and experienced this chaos which runs deep even inside of people living in these cities.

Somehow, the melange of emotions, people and serendipity keeps this chaos alive. The story continues, the city keeps breathing and organised chaos lives on.

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.

Of questions, emotions and lost moments !!

I took this portrait at one of the street shoots at Mumbai’s famous Abdul Rehman street market where this young boy was selling toys on the street. When I posed a camera towards him I got one poignant look from him which is also visible in his eyes. Those eyes as if hiding so many questions, emotions and lost moments in it.

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