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The Lady by the Roadside

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A Tear rolled down her cheek; I will never know if she was surprised or touched by my attention.

I don’t know how many people have passed by her without a second glance; If not for the camera in my hand and my eyes eagerly searching for a situation to capture, I too could have been one of those people. She was happy to have her photograph taken, cause when I showed it to her, she smiled. That smile didn’t last long enough for me to be able to capture it, because the moment I lifted my camera and pointed it to her, her smile disappeared.

After all, who would help a smiling elderly lady by the roadside?

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The (Balloon) Vendor

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This Picture was taken during Ganesh Chaturthi, 2014 at Girgaum Chowpatty, Mumbai. This woman, who knew that a significant number of people would turn up, hoped to make some sales and earn a livelihood.

For anyone who knows the significance of being there at that place during Ganesh Chaturthi, would know what I mean when I say that the moment I stepped out of the station to go to the beach, I wanted to turn back. But curiosity led me there; I wanted to experience it for myself. Being an amateur photographer, I thought this would be a perfect time for some candid photography. The timing was, both, wrong and right; wrong because it was overwhelmingly crowded and after a certain point all I wanted to do was go home and right because I managed to get this shot.

It was a onetime thing. I don’t think I will do this again!

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The Cobbler’s Wife: Means of Livelihood

The Cobbler's Wife: Means of Livelihood

This Photograph was meant to be a simple representation of what I saw on the street and wished to document. I now look at the picture and recollect some tiny details that made me realise that this elderly woman not just earns her livelihood in that small spot but she may probably even live there. And that is one thing you will notice a lot in Mumbai; people tend to live where they work and sometimes don’t even have a decent place to call home.

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The Letter!

The Letter!

What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can’t re – read a phone call.

~ Liz Carpenter

It was just a different time, when I was young and my parents would receive letters. I used to dream of the day when I would be all grown up and receive mail of my own. Times have changed. But I haven’t. I still love writing letters to convey thoughts and feelings. And I have made a few others fall in love with the idea of letters.

Usually, I hand deliver my letters. However, this one letter was different; it was the first one by post. I experienced so many emotions during the process of sending this letter; the apprehension that it won’t reach in time or that it would get lost in transit, the unexplainable joy when you know that it has been received and then the feeling that you could have done a better job with its contents.

But then I couldn’t think of any other way to make a Birthday special, especially without being there. Therefore, the Letter!

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