Asia Art Archive | jobs in Hong Kong & New Delhi

Asia Art Archive | jobs in Hong Kong & New Delhi.

Ramzan

© Gireesh GV
© Gireesh GV

‘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.”}

Monsoon Clouds

Kumbalanghi © GIREESH GV
Kumbalanghi © GIREESH GV

from the NAVARASA series

 

Yoga ‘Madness’ Day

Its a day of inspiration, day of celebration, day of competition, day of participation, day of madness, day of health,day of showing off, day of discipline, and day for many, yoga gurus, instructors, propagandas…..  Good we got the Guinness record too!!  We don’t have enough days to celebrate each and every thing. The yoga is never for a competitions.

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 Yoga The way of life!  

Swami Vishnudevananda says

“Health is wealth, Peace of mind is happiness, Yoga shows the way.”

Yoga is not a sport to break any records, Here on the so called International Yoga day I wander around in Lodhi Garden in New Delhi. Its amazing that the regulars are not shocked of the celebrations. Some of them I met are practicing yoga for many decades. Except few come to the park on a lazy sunday after the break fast and energy drinks to celebrate the most popularized International Yoga. But I like the enthusiasm, also  I met many on 21st morning are regular practitioners and

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Many individuals come to Lodhi Gardens everyday to practice

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Yoga stories: from my tear sheets

International Yoga Day 21st June 2015

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