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© Gireesh GV
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‘Roshan Chiarg Dilli’, the bright lamp of Delhi

The shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Naseeruddin Mahmud Roshan Chirag Dilli
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The devotees come to pray on Sunday (5th July 2015) at the  shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Naseeruddin Mahmud Roshan Chirag Dilli

“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
― Rainer Maria RilkeLetters to a Young Poet ( quote courtesy: Goodreads)

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My Camera still works !!

How my camera taught DMRC staff virtue of caring for the disabled?

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IS DMRC a unfriendly to ‘differently- abled’ passengers?? Yes
Not only that today evening at Rajiv Chowk metro station, Sandesh a daily wage labor come to take a ticket at the counter has been refused and ignored. He neither got any help from the guard on duty. When I saw him struggling to draw a token from the machine, I offered a help.

I love my camera. Not only it helps me capture moments, on ample occasions, I found that it helps those making the moments too. Today, it did its job expeditiously. But, it left me with a question – Why was there a need for a camera to tell Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) staff that they need to be sensitive towards the differently-abled?

Well it is not my story.. or that of my camera. This is about Sandesh, a daily-waged worker – a differently-abled person, who finds it hard every day to commute in DMRC trains – having little use of his lower limbs.

Today was no ‘different’ for Sandesh.

I saw him at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station ‘standing’ in queue at the card recharging machine.

People in the queue stole glances at Sandesh; so did a security guard posted to keep the queue in single file. As he approached the window, he fell short of reaching the slots. Ironically, onlookers looked on.

I can’t say that I was the only one with intentions to help him. But, I was the first. I offered to get him the token.

Sandesh had another issue. He wanted to recharge his card. Since tomorrow was a working day and rush hours would this make towering task for him. The recharging machine accepted only large currency notes and he had small denominations.

DMRC staff on dutyat the counter, had no solutions. “What can we do if he is disabled,” was a reply thrown by one of them.

This is where my camera came to the rescue. As I lifted it out of the case, the staff members’ demeanor drastically changed. Out came a Rs 100 currency note in exchange of two 50 ruppees notes for Sandesh . Along it were please directed towards me: “I am a daily-waged worker.., they will take my job it this goes out,” said the staffer. The guard came with an excuse that he was rushing out for dinner.

IS DMRC a unfriendly to ‘differently- abled’ passengers?? Yes Not only that today evening at Rajiv Chowk metro station,  Sandesh  a daily wage labor come to take a ticket at the counter has been refused and ignored. He neither got any help from guard on duty. When I saw him struggling to draw a token from the machine, I offered a help.
at Rajiv Chowk metro station, Sandesh a daily wage labor struggling to get a token and recharge his metro card

I left it at that. But during my entire journey in the metro train, I could not stop thinking. DMRC had been making tall claims of making arrangements for the differently–abled describing what it operates as – ‘India’s first public transport system with adequate features for differently-abled persons’.

It claims to provide extra-wide automatic flap gates for wheelchairs, lifts with buttons installed at a low level, tactile paths for the visually impaired, reserved spaces for wheelchairs in trains, etc.

The 7 minute episode that my camera helped end, proves beyond doubt that DMRC’s tall claims about training staff to deal with differently-abled were as ‘flat’ as the excuses given by its staff member and the security guard.

{ From DMRC’s guide book,Facilities for the differently-abled:  Delhi Metro is perhaps India’s first public transport system with adequate features for differently-abled persons. These include extra-wide automatic flap gates for wheelchairs, lifts with buttons installed at a low level, tactile paths for the visually impaired, reserved spaces for wheelchairs in trains, etc. In addition, station staff constantly monitors passenger movement and provides personal help to any differently-abled person who needs assistance.”}

from the NAVARASA series

 

Bangalore city is first free Wi-Fi zone

Bangalore going Wi-Fi

Hopefully rest of the Karnataka soon will have the facility. Bangalore has become the first city in India to have free wifi spots.

Pix: A construction worker surfing on his mobile at Ramanagaram railway station, 50kms from Bangalore city. The town is famous for its contribution for the bollywood movie Sholay, which shot entirely in Ramanagaram.

Baul performer Parvathi Baul

Baul performer Parvathi Baul

Parvathy Baul with eminent sculptor KS Radhakrishnan is in Delhi recently for a performance in CR Park in New Delhi.
Parvathy Baul is a singer, painter and storyteller from West Bengal. After receiving her initial music and dance training during her childhood, she studied visual arts at the Kala Bhavan at Shantiniketan, the university founded by Rabindranath Tagore. http://parvathybaul.srijan.asia/

children on streets

children on streets

Girls playing on the streets at the Bangladeshi colony in Seemapuri, Delhi Uttar Pradesh border, This is from my three year Workshop on documentary photography as part of WPPH workshop series In Asia which held in 2001-2003

GOld…. rush

GOld.... is become madness.

In Kochi an elderly woman in front of a hoarding showing all Indian film super stars to promote GOLD sales in South India. Where the middle class with minimum incomes are really puzzled. The gold prices are gone up in last few years….  There are lots of interesting stories from India on Gold rush. There are people who rush to buy these expensive metal as an investment. That’s true….  But

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAHATMAJI…………

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAHATMAJI............

Shot in 1995 at Yadagiriguda temple premises, a beggar whose shadow bears an amazing resemblance to Gandhi’s silhouette.  from the series ‘SHORTENING SHADOW OF A SAINT-01’
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and editions on Paper. Black & White film scanned and printed in 2010 for the curated show titled ” Who has seen Gandhi ?” in Bangalore