The pandemic brought the bustling city to a standstill. The busy streets wore a deserted look, the age-old markets shut and the skywalk looked skeletal during the nationwide lockdown. And then came the mass migration of people as they scuffled to return to their adobe.
A 21-day lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak in India left thousands of migrant labourers who work as daily wagers with no income, making their survival in a city a tall task.
As a result, thousands of stranded migrants across India hit the roads on foot to reach their homes miles away. The exodus of migrants from states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala drew the attention of authorities and organisations.
While some labourers were killed as they were walking back to their homes, some were detained amidst the lockdown, and some were provided shelter in hostels and NGOs.
Glimpses of the situation in Bengaluru shot on Yashica Electro 35 film camera on Ilford 400; black and white roll from March-May 2020.
They lined the highway under the unrelenting heat. With their belongings in backpacks, rucksacks or cloth bundles, they clutched water bottles and walked hundreds of kilometres to reach their homes.