The street is a place of never ending ‘reality shows’ and ‘soap operas’, of fascination, beauty and ugliness. For this photo challenge, not only did I take some new photos, but also dug up a few interesting ones from my archives. Here are a selected few, along with some thoughts they evoked.
Don’t we have such streets in every part of India, where the road is perpetually under repair? A street where tangled wires carrying charges and messages hang menacingly. A street of heat and dust and partially open gutters. And, the ubiquitous holy animal.
Of course, let not the previous picture be taken as a representative image of India. I am not vying for any Oscar. Hence, I have no inclination to show only the ‘nasty’ part of India.
Street is where the action is. Sometimes some inaction. Many streets could be so beautiful and cosy, you would not mind having a sound sleep on its pavements on broad day light, as can be seen in the picture below.
Oblivious of the surrounding sounds, his chappals serving as his pillow, this old man takes a sound afternoon siesta on the hard pavement of a busy Bengaluru street.
Obviously, when it comes to quality of sleep, the quality of bed is immaterial.
While some step lightly into the day, hoping it to be a jolly good one ………
On the same street (in the same frame) there is some one getting prepared to shoulder the burden of the future.