By the roadPhotographed in 2009
Give them Wings
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots, the other, wings.
Sushmita, a 6 month infant moved from North Karnataka to the city with her family of 7. Her father works in the state electric office as a cleaner. The family stays behind the office in a tent.
Kumara has a road side cycle repair shop with no walls. He stays in Tumkur (70kms from Bangalore) and sometimes manage to go to school. He repairs cycle and make his livelihood.
India stands highest in Child Labour with a staggering figure of 19,97,91,198 children working in the age group of 5-14 years according to UNICEF.
Hard work isn’t an option
“When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.”
These two boys sell old newspapers and scrap materials by the road for living after their school. They earn about Rs.100 to 150 a day and on some days even lesser.
Indian Liquor Industry with estimated market value of INR 340 bn is growing at 12-15% over the last two years.
“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”
Ramchandra, at the age of 70+ travelled from a small village to the city. I left the place after speaking to him and returned to take this photograph.
The small instrument was for his grandson.
The rapid growth in the urban has impact in villages. These two brothers are from a tribal community rooted in north India. The elder brother sells handmade crafts and the younger brother who lost his leg, begs on the street.
Its a pleasure and a necessity
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
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