This sweet girl named Zohab I met near Pretoria Street,Kolkata,was dancing in her mood in an alley of North Kolkata . The time she found me coming with a camera she ran into her house and after so many request she agreed to let me take her picture,but the sad part is after a small conversation with her,her uncle/father (I don’t know) came out and protested as usually the people from this religion do specially in Kolkata. He said to leave that place immediately and even threatened to beat. Feel so silly how they are trying to spread the secularism while being a part of a country like India. Incredible India.
Story telling moment of a family captured from an unknown alley in the core of North Kolkata.The eye catching moment in this photo IMO is the boy with that mask,but all his siblings creates the happy surroundings around him to make this moment more dramatic.This is my favorite shot taken on the Independence day of India(15th August 2015).This is a very similar scene one can find in the narrow lanes of Kolkata(Rather u may call it Calcutta which is more lusty in my opinion).
A conversation between daughter and father followed by a smile on the day of Eid just before the holy prayer began at Red Road-(Kolkata,India).
A hectic day in the streets of Kolkata as it was 2 pm then and the heat of Sun was in full mood to make the people in the streets exhausted.Suddenly I stopped by a place near Esplanade,boy’s were coming from a distance and I wanted to capture them but due to some reason I ended up with nothing in that attempt,but that was meant for something to do after while,I mean to meet Sahil was in my fate today.This boy was a fabulous affair of today’s street hunt for photographs.He introduced himself as “Main hoon Sahil”(I am Sahil) and asked me to take his picture.I turned back and headed towards for some place else but suddenly I thought to talk with that boy again and went there again looking for him,as we shared talks between us I came to know that he loves to play cricket,a fan of MSD(Mahendra Singh Dhoni) and loves watching WWE show(specially for John Cena),though he doesn’t go to school,spends his entire day with his friends in those streets and lanes.A smile from him made me so happy at the end of the day.But still I can see poverty snatching away the education in every corner of our City of Joy,does this really justify this title for our city?
These kids were so excited on account of being clicked.The little one found jumping from the lap in happiness,the little girl was busy in playing with her toy and suddenly noticed that her picture is also being taken and the elder one here in the pic tried hard to show that he is the elder brother by holding that little one in his lap tightly.
This is not the story here actually,these little fellas are the inhabitant of the Mullick Ghat,near Howrah station,they hardly have something to smile in their life,they eat together,sleep together and live together in the ghats,but when you and your camera becomes the reason for a small amount of joy and a big amount of smile and happiness it feels great.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
― Dalai Lama
All you can find in this pic is happiness,freedom,love.The childhood what everybody misses in teenage period of life is for this single thing “Happiness”.This little girl was not playing with her friends,neither she was having some expensive toys in her hands,but that little stick of candy was enough to put the smile on her face,the last rays of the evening was kissing her face like a mother does with lot of affection and love.This pic was taken in a fraction of second as soon as I saw this little girl with a priceless smile as her mother gripped her hand and took her away just after I took the shot(I do feel lucky for having this shot).This girl doesn’t belong from a wealthy family,but that didn’t snatched away the smile from her face.A happy scene like this was more than enough to end a hectic day of photo tour in the streets of Kolkata.
Be happy and spread the word of Happiness in the world like this little girl did.