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dead fish floating after Poornima celebrations

Often described as a feast for the eyes, Pushkar Fair is among India’s famous religious festivals and livestock fairs. Featured in numerous travel shows, films and magazines, the Pushkar Fair offers a once in a lifetime magical experience for travelers – looking for out of the world experience.The Pushkar Fair is celebrated for five days from the Karthik Ekadashi to Karthik Poornima (full moon day) according to the Hindu calendar, about 10 days after Diwali.

Every year thousands of pilgrims congregate for a holy bath in Mathura to mark Kartik and other celebrations, after these celebrations cleaning the ghats is a major task for municipality. There is always a support  from the civilian volunteers and organizations to help municipality in cleaning. Every year the challenge is clearing the dead fish from the lake. This is become a routine story here in Pushkar lake every year, I’ve been told that 50,000 fishes died last year after the festival, said a priest at the ghat. This is due to the lighting ghee and oil lamps (diyas) inside the pond by pilgrims. They never listen to public notices._AA76282full moon apears on a Poornima,  Pushkar. Rajasthan

_AA76315cleaning the ghats by ‘civil defense’ volunteers in Pushkar. Rajasthan

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_AA76318 clearing dead fish from the lake, Pushkar, Rajasthan

taking a break after busy Diwali work.

Children in Chawri Bazaar
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

hanuman boy, dressed up for begging, Hampi, Karnataka 2004

A boy spotted begging in  Hampi, a  world heritage site in Karnataka, dress to look like a Hanuman is a Hindu deity,  a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana .

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A shy tribal girl hiding away from my camera, Attapadi, Palakkad, Kerala. 1993-

During our visits we come across so many such incidents. But nobody given them any attention or come forward to save their children.

 Today the reports says the number of infants who lost their lives due to malnutrition in Attappadi in recent months has gone up to 32.  Malnutrition and being underweight was stated to be the reason for the infant’s death. As far I know Such incidents being reported from Attapadi from past. The tribals been exploited and mislead for long.  Why  today Attapadi get enough attention and for what?

Attappadi is an extensive mountain valley at the headwaters of the Bhavani River nestled below the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats. It is bordered to the east by Coimbatore district in Tamilnadu, on the north by the Nilgiris, south by the Palghat taluk 

Budha says “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”  
a year back, at India Gate

just remembering the last summer, in 2012 where in Delhi waiting for my family to join me. Lots of things todo? all pending.. nothing is working out the way we planned. And had left little money , no tickets to go, friends are having busy schedules…… That summer was too heat for me in many-ways. Can’t forget