Date : July 18th 2009
Location: Uppal X Roads,Hyderabad,Andhra Pradesh,INDIA
Every time some one said ” A picture speaks a thousand words” I felt I knew the meaning of it. I never knew until this day of 18th July 2009 the real meaning behind these invaluable lines.
This location is a bare 1 mile walk from my home.I pass by this place every day on way to work,college and to shop.I never cared to know what lay beyond those huts and who stayed in them.On this fine morning, I was the member of a photowalk team that was assigned to capture the lives of these people living in that area.
The residents of this area were artisans from distant lands of Rajasthan and Gujarat, who camped here all year long to make idols for the festivals of Lord Vinayaka and Goddess Kali.The children of these artisans were so excited to see someone clicking their portraits.They queued up in lines,each wanting to be the star of the day.
Everytime I looked through the lens to capture a moment I felt I was being taught something. Today back home looking through the photographs, I realise how much these kids were teaching me. I rarely remember smiling like them in the last ten years of my life. May be I did . But it was never an ever lasting joy giving smile.
Pondering more on this I realise how rare it is to come across your neighbor round the corner of your street and find them show you their smiling face. I know people feel the same way when they come across me. But ya I have begun to educate myself with The Lessons of Smiling.